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Fees for English citizen with an American high school education

We are an English family living in America. My son has attended American schools for the past 10 years and will graduate high school here, but is thinking about returning to England for university, possibly taking a gap year in England first. We have maintained a UK address and paid UK taxes the whole time we have been in the USA, so since he is a British citizen, will he qualify for "home" tuition rates, even though he has not attended English schools?
Answered by Alison Patterson
Each university determines the fees status of an applicant using defined criteria, case law etc. A university is unlikely to discuss a case unless an application has been received and the offer of a place made.

Eligibility for Home fees status is described at

The UKCISA website is also helpful:

Look, in particular, at the paragraph on ordinary residence here:


Please bear in mind that each of the countries of the UK has its own funding body and its own slightly different rules.

My belief is that your son would be classed as an international student for fees purposes. But this is a grey area, universities have discretion to make their own judgements and each case is considered individually on its merits, so I would hesitate to make a definite statement. No university will give an answer until your son applies for a place and an academic offer of a place is made (remember that the gap is now narrowing between the "home" fee and the international fee, as home fees move towards full economic cost. The difference financially is no longer as vast as it was).

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