Classification of students

All students attending university in the United Kingdom are assessed as either ‘home’ or ‘overseas’ for the purposes of tuition fee liability. 

How we assess your fee status

There is a considerable difference between the ‘home’ and ‘overseas’ fee levels, so it is very important that we get every assessment right.

In most cases, we can classify a student on the basis of information contained on their application. However, when this is not possible, we ask applicants to complete a Fee Assessment Questionnaire, which will give us the information we require to assess their fee status quickly and accurately.

Please note: we reserve the right to re-assess and amend your fee status if we receive information after your initial fee status assessment that was not provided at the time the assessment was made.


We determine the level of tuition fees that you will be charged for attending a programme at Surrey in accordance with UK legislation and in line with the guidelines provided by the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA)'s guidance. View their home fee eligibility criteria information for more details.

When we assess your fee status

Your fee status will be assessed before the start of your studies and will normally apply for the duration of your programme. The circumstances in which fee status may change during your programme are described in UKCISA guidelines.