Fee assessment

We assess your residency status to determine how much tuition fee you are required to pay. We may also use your fee status to assess your eligibility for scholarships.

We must confirm the correct residency status to the government for all our students. A student’s residency can be deemed either home or overseas.  

EU students (domiciled outside the UK) starting a course after 2021 have international fee status. This does not include Irish citizens, who will be assessed separately.

Who do we fee assess?

Based on the information that you provide in your application to the University, we will determine whether we need to ask you for further information to clarify your fee status.

To determine whether you require fee assessing we will review the following information in your application:

  • residential status
  • nationality
  • domicile
  • where you are currently living (if different to domicile)
  • country of previous education or employment
  • school location

We will also review any documents you have provided, such as your passport or copies of visas.

If there are any discrepancies between any of the information mentioned previously (for example, if you have stated your nationality is British but your permanent home address is in Australia) then we will set your fee status as undecided and carry out a fee assessment.

Please note: if your fee status is set to undecided, overseas fees will automatically be displayed on your offer letter.

For general advice, please visit the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website.

The fee assessment process

If we need further information or documents to determine your fee status then we will contact you by email or through your application portal. Please answer all questions in full and provide any requested documents to support the fee assessment process.  

If you require a fee assessment, this will usually be carried out at the point that you receive an offer. However, there are some exceptions to this when the fee assessment will be undertaken before an offer is made.

If you have any questions regarding your fee status before you receive an offer, please contact us:  

After receiving all the information we need from you, we will carry out our fee assessment in accordance with the relevant legislation: the Higher Education (Fee Limit Condition) (England) Regulations 2017 (as amended) (S.I. 2017 No.1189); the Education (Fees and Awards) (England) Regulations 2007 (as amended) (S.I. 2007 No.779); and by using guidance from UKCISA. All fee assessments will be undertaken in line with legislation in force at the time of application.

A member of the relevant admissions team will carry out an initial assessment and a second member of admissions staff will then review this.

Fee assessment outcome

If you are an undergraduate or taught postgraduate applicant, we will email you with the outcome of your fee assessment. You will not receive a new offer letter but you will be provided with information about the fees you are eligible to pay in the email.

If you are a postgraduate research applicant and your fee status is changed, you will receive a new offer letter which details your new fees.

Appeals procedure

If you disagree with our decision you have the right to appeal. There are two stages to the appeal procedure.

Stage one

If you disagree with the decision, you may appeal in writing.

Undergraduate applicants can email feeassessments@leeds.ac.uk. Taught postgraduate applicants should contact us through the application portal. Initial appeals should be addressed to the Taught Admissions Team Leader.

Postgraduate research applicants should email rp_applications@adm.leeds.ac.uk.

The basis for an appeal must be that an incorrect decision was made following the Higher Education (Fee Limit Condition) (England) Regulations 2017 (as amended) (S.I. 2017 No.1189) or the Education (Fees and Awards) (England) Regulations 2007 (as amended) (S.I. 2007 No.779). All appeals will be considered by two members of staff. Applicants will be informed of the decision by email.

Stage two

If you still disagree with the decision, you may appeal in writing to the Head of Admissions. The basis for an appeal must be that an incorrect decision was made initially and at stage one of the appeals process. The Head of Admissions will review the whole case and seek guidance and clarification from colleagues as appropriate. You will be informed of the decision in writing.