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Fee Status Assessment


​Cardiff Metropolitan University uses the information that you provide in your application form to determine the level of fees you will be charged for your chosen course.   We call this your Fee Status and we classify students as either Home or International.  This process applies to all applicants for our main campus programmes as well as our franchise partners.

The information you provide in your application is normally sufficient to determine your fee status, however if it is unclear, we will send you a Fee Status Assessment Form to determine this. This will need to be completed as soon as possible and returned to the email address indicated, in order for your application to continue to be considered. The university will use this completed form, along with your supporting documentation e.g. passport, to determine your fee status. 

However if the form is not returned within the specified time, together with the required documentation, your application will automatically default to 'International' status for tuition fee purposes and you will be charged the higher rate of fees.

Fee status is not wholly dependent on nationality but considers your immigration status in the UK, where you have been living and what you have been doing for the three years prior to the start of your course. It can be complex to determine and, therefore, the information set out below is for guidance only.  However, to be considered for home fees you would need to initially answer yes to the following:   

  • Are you a British Citizen or do you have Indefinite Leave to Enter/Remain in the UK?
  • Do you have a Certificate of Entitlement to the Right of Abode in the UK?
  • Have you been ordinarily resident in the UK for 3 years prior to 1st September of this year? (however, if the main reason for you being in the UK during any of that period was for full-time education then you must answer 'No')

Assessment of fee status is carried out on an individual basis and takes into account the circumstances of each applicant.  Assessments cannot be undertaken until an application for admissions has been made and the required documentation has been received. The outcome of a fee status assessment is relevant for entry into Cardiff Metropolitan University only, and also does not have any bearing on your status with the Student Loans Company. 

You must first complete the Fee Status Assessment Form. You will then need to scan and email this along with clear, readable photocopies of the relevant documentation to  Original documents may be requested if the photocopies are not deemed sufficient. For general information please refer to the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) at

If you are in any doubts as to your fee status and need further information please contact the Head of Admissions, Lisa Bowen:​

Please note, fee status is based on information provided before you enrol and can only be changed once you have enrolled as a student in exceptional circumstances. For example,​​ if you have been granted refugee status or UK citizenship.  If your circumstances change you will need to send this information to the above address.