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Fees for UK citizen returning from abroad
It's at the discretion of universities. Universities make decisions on fee status after an application has been made and the offer of a place on academic grounds has been made.
The rules are that you should have been resident in the UK for the three years immediately prior to starting university to qualify for home fees.
Also look at the UKCISA website:
You could contact SFE for their advice.
Was your son born in the UK? What age is he now? If you have been resident in the UK and paying taxes for three years or more, he may qualify for home fees upon starting university. Generally, boarding school is not considered as a place of residence.
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