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Expat children and fees

I am British with 3 children. We have lived in Malaysia for 6 years. My eldest is 12. I read that we need to be resident in the UK for 3 years prior to a course commencing. Is this the same for A'levels/Level 3 courses as well as degrees? And, is it true that having a fully resident grandparent in the UK means that the child is eligible for Home fee status regardless of where they live?
Answered by Alison Patterson
Hi Hannah,

You need to be resident in the UK for three years prior to starting university in order to qualify for Home fees (rather than international fees, which are a little higher).

Residence is the governing criterion relating to fee status. Resident grandparents will not help unless the children are residing with their grandparents.

It is up to universities to determine fee status. They do this after an application has been received through UCAS and an offer has been made on academic grounds. The onus is on the applicant to make a case for Home fees status. Universities will ask for much information before making their decision with reference to the guidelines and case law.

If your children were born and have lived in the UK for some time you may have a case. You may also have a case if you are living abroad for a temporary period and unavoidable because of employment transfers.

Look at:

www.thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk/university-tu.../

www.gov.uk/student-finance/who-qualifies

and

www.ukcisa.org.uk/Information--Advice/Fees-and-Mon...s

I hope this helps,
CUG

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