Your 'fee status' is the name given to the process here at the University which determines whether you will be charged either the 'Home' (a term used for a UK/EU student) or 'International' rate of tuition fees for your programme. Kingston University is legally required (as are all universities in the UK) to assess all of their students for this information in accordance with the provisions of the Education (Fees and Awards) Regulations 1997 (including amendments).
All students regardless of whether they are being sponsored by their employer, are receiving a student loan through Student Finance England, are funding their studies independently or are an exchange/Erasmus/returning student, are required to undergo this process as we as an institution have to ensure we hold accurate, up to date information about all of our students.
Please note: you will not be permitted to enrol onto your course at the University until your fee status has been confirmed.
In order to complete your fee status assessment, we require you to complete two steps:
We require the page of your passport that not only contains your photograph, but also your full name, date of birth, issue/expiry date (often referred to as the 'biometric page').
You will be contacted closer to your enrolment event, should you not have been so already, regarding uploading a photograph of yourself for your ID card. Please do not get this request for your passport from the Fee Status team confused by the request for your ID card.
Every applicant who intends to enrol at the University must complete the 'Your Fee Status' task. Without doing so you will not be able to finalise your enrolment with the University and you may end up being charged the wrong amount of fees.
If your passport expires before the start of your course, which under the fee regulations is considered to be on 1 September 2016, you can still go ahead and upload your passport as part of the 'Your Fee Status' task, however, we will be unable to complete your assessment. Once you have completed the 'Your Fee Status' task, if you were born in the UK, you should email a copy of your full birth certificate to firstname.lastname@example.org whereby we will upload this to your student record for you. If you were born outside of the UK, we will require a copy of your renewed passport as soon as this is received.
Please note: we can only accept your UK birth certificate alongside an expired passport or other acceptable form of photo identification. If you no longer have your passport please see the following question.
If you do not have a current passport, but you were born in the UK, we kindly request that you submit copies of the following documents to email@example.com as soon as possible so that we can upload them to your student record:
Yes. We will accept a copy of both the front and back of your EU Identification card in place of your passport
If you have recently married or had a civil partnership and changed your name, but have your maiden name on your passport, you must submit a copy of your marriage/civil partnership certificate to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can upload these documents to your student record for you. If you have changed your name by Deed Poll, you must submit a copy of your change of name certificate, again to email@example.com.
Once you submit a copy of your Passport to the University it will be uploaded to your student record. No other copies are retained by the University unless you are having a DBS check completed. Only selected staff at the University are given access to view your passport against your student record via our secure student record system. For security purposes, original documents should not be sent via post to the Fee Status team as we cannot be held responsible for the safe return of such documents.
Please note that your fee status only relates to your classification as either a 'Home' or 'International' fee payer. This section is not responsible for any tuition fee payments or queries regarding how much your course will cost. The University payments team will contact you with this information once your assessment by us has been completed; for 'home' students, this is likely to be after your enrolment event. If you would like to know how much you will need to pay for the course or any other payment queries (eg issuing a receipt), please contact our Credit Control team whose contact details can be found on the University website on the undergraduate fees and funding pages or the postgraduate fees and funding pages.
If you have any additional questions that have not been covered in this section, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that due to high levels of enquiries; please allow us at least five working days to respond to your query before re-sending your request. Should we require any additional information, or once we have completed your assessment, we will notify you via email. Please continue to check your email account (including your junk/spam folder) regularly.