The level of tuition fees you are liable for is based on your fee status, which we assess based on government regulations. The criteria we use are listed in our Fee assessment guidance notes [pdf], and other useful information is available from the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA).
Please be aware that the College will not assess your fee status until we have received a formal application from you.
Assessing fee status
When we receive your application we will make an initial decision on your fee status based on the information you have given us.
If we do not have enough information to make a decision then we may ask you to complete a fee status questionnaire [pdf] and supply additional evidence so that we can make our assessment. You do not need to complete a questionnaire unless we ask you to do so.
Please note that fee statuses are solely assessed by Registry and not Student Finance.
Requesting a change in fee status
If you have been classed as an Overseas student and you feel, based on our Fee assessment guidance notes [pdf], that this is incorrect then you can ask to have this reviewed. Please submit a copy of the fee status questionnaire, together with any additional evidence you may have, to the appropriate Admissions team. You can either scan and email the questionnaire, or return it by post.
If you disagree with an assessment we have made after receiving your fee status questionnaire then you should complete and return a fee status appeal form [pdf].
Please note that it is not normally possible to amend your fee status once you have registered as a student and begun your degree at Imperial, so you should contact us as soon as possible if you feel our assessment is not correct.
Equivalent or Lower Qualifications (ELQs)
**Please note that the College will not be charging additional ELQ fees for 2016-2017**
In 2009–10 the government withdrew automatic funding for UK and EU students who are studying for a qualification that is at an equivalent or lower level to one that they have already been awarded – these are referred to as Equivalent or Lower Qualifications (ELQs). The change means that institutions may charge fees at a higher rate for such students.
Some subjects, including many at Imperial, are exempt: science, technology, engineering, mathematics and certain healthcare professions. When we receive your application we will assess whether you are an ELQ student or not, as well as what your overall fee status is (see above).
The College will decide what charges will apply to ELQ candidates in subject areas affected by this change. If your application is successful and you are liable for the higher fee then further information will be made available to when you receive your offer.