There are varying rules for Home Fees for Caymanian students coming to the UK for Tertiary education. Ultimately it is the decision of the University on a case-by-case basis. Please see below guidelines.
If you are unsure of your situation please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
England & Wales
Most Caymanian students are entitled to Home Fees throughout England and Wales.
The basis for home fees in England and Wales is as follows:
Many British Overseas Territory Citizens (BOTCs) are also British Citizens. If this is your situation, then as a British Citizen, you will be eligible under this category provided you meet the residence requirements at (b) and (c).
(b) you must have been ordinarily resident in the overseas territories for the three years before the first day of the first academic year of the course; and
(c) the main purpose of your residence in the overseas territories residence area must not have been to receive full-time education during any part of the three-year period.
The easiest way to show you are a British Citizen is to have a passport that lists your nationality as ‘British Citizen’. If you do not have one, then the UK Department for Education has said that any of the following will be acceptable instead:
- a British Overseas Territories Citizen passport issued before 21 May 2002; or
- a British Dependent Territories Citizen passport issued before 21 May 2002; or
- a British Overseas Territories Citizen passport issued on or after 21 May 2002, but only if you also provide evidence that you or your parent was born in a British Overseas Territory, or evidence that you or your parent was registered or naturalised as a citizen (for example, as a British Subject, a Citizen of the UK and Colonies, a British Citizen, a British Dependent Territories Citizen, or a British Overseas Territories Citizen) before 21 May 2002.
As BOTCs, Caymanians have the right to reside in the UK, therefore can obtain middle rate fees in NI if the student has been ordinarily resident in Cayman for the 3 years before the start of the course.
Those with the ‘right of permanent residence’ in the UK
In order to qualify for ‘home’ fees under this category, you must meet all of the following criteria:
(a) you have the right of permanent residence in the UK under European Community (EC) law on the first day of an academic year of the course; and
1. you were ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland on the first day of the first academic year of the course. However, if you were ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland on that day because you moved from England, Wales, Scotland, or the Islands, to start a course then you are considered as ordinarily resident in the part of the UK that you came to Northern Ireland from, not Northern Ireland. If this applies to you, you will not qualify for ‘home’ fees under this category but you might qualify for the middle rate capped fee if you meet the conditions in (a), (c) and (d); or
2. if you are continuing a course that you started in an academic year before 2012/13, you were ordinarily resident in the UK on the first day of the first academic year of the course;
(c) you were ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for the three-year period before the first day of the first academic year of the course; and
(d) if any of your ordinary residence in (b) was for the main purpose of receiving full-time education, you must have been ordinarily resident in the EEA and/or Switzerland and/or the overseas territories immediately prior to that three-year period.
UKCISA – international student advice and guidance – Northern Ireland: fee status
It may be possible to receive UK or mid-rate fees in Scotland based on the 2007 legislation that states:
14. A person shall be an excepted student if that person is a British Overseas Territories national or the family member of such a national and has been ordinarily resident in either the United Kingdom or any of the British Overseas Territories throughout the 3 year period referred to in regulation.
Please note that boarding school does not count as being ordinarily resident as they would need to have a permanent address in the UK to be considered ordinarily resident. In other words, the purpose of their residence must not have been for education.