If you have British expat students at your international school who are looking to study at university in the UK, they may be classified as Overseas fee-payers, costing up to £350,000 more for their degree than if they were classified as Home fee-payers.
Providing advice on fee status to your students and parents is easy and can avoid them being classified incorrectly, as well as have other benefits to your school.
How does good advice on UK University fee status benefit your school?
Improve your destination statistics.
If well-advised on fee status, students are more likely to get Home offers from all their university choices, including top institutions. Giving them the freedom to choose the best university and course for them – rather than their choice be dictated by where they managed to get Home fees.
- Improve your student retention.
Having clarity on the rules and regulations around fee status will help your parents make more informed choices about their child’s education. You can then retain students who would otherwise return to the UK before sixth form, thinking that this will secure them Home fees when it in fact may not.
- Increase confidence and reduce stress at application time.
Having a strong case for Home fees gives students and parents peace of mind during the application period and reduces the stress of having to appeal a fee status decision (which can take months). Clarity on a student’s fee status will speed up offers from the universities, allowing your students to just focus on which offer to choose.
How can you support your students and parents with their fee status queries?
- Get them thinking about it early!
Don’t wait until sixth form to encourage your students and parents to think about fee status. We recommend that Years 9 or 10 upwards have access to this information so they can make informed decisions about their living/work/study/travel plans well ahead of their application to university.
- Book a webinar with us.
We offer free webinars for schools on fee status that you can invite your students and parents to so they can be well-informed on fee status. Contact us to book a webinar.
- Share our blog.
We have loads of free advice on fee status that helps families navigate this complex topic on our Blog.
UK Study Options are leading experts on UK University Fee Status and we have helped over 1,000 families with their fee status queries. We are a team of ex Russell Group Admissions Officers who have many years’ experience of fee status assessment and we are trained by UKCISA on how to assess fee status.