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Home/EU or overseas fees?

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There are two different sets of tuition fees at the Royal College of Music: those for UK (‘Home’) and EU students and those for overseas students who do not qualify for the UK/EU category. It is important that you understand your fee status and budget accordingly.

When determining whether or not you qualify for Home/EU fee status you will encounter the phrase ‘ordinarily resident in the UK’. To be ordinarily resident means that you normally, habitually and lawfully reside somewhere in the UK, not just for the purposes of study. In most instances your place of ordinary residence will be your family home.

The RCM will assess your fee status based on the information you provide in your application, but we may contact you if we require additional information.

If you believe that your fee status has not been assessed correctly, you can ask us to review this by contacting our Admissions team.

Admissions team

Admissions and general audition enquiries

admissions@rcm.ac.uk

Eligibility for Home/EU Fees

To be eligible to pay Home/EU fees you must normally meet all of the following requirements:

  • You must be a British Citizen or hold an EU passport
  • You must have been ordinarily resident in the UK or EU/EEA or Switzerland for at least three years prior to 1 September of the first academic year of the course.
  • Your main reason for being in the UK (or EU/EEA or Switzerland) during that period must not have been to receive education.

Foreign students with indefinite leave to remain in the UK

You will be eligible for Home/EU fees if you hold a residence permit granting Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK, and if you meet both of the following requirements:

  • You have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least three years prior to 1 September of the first academic year of the course.
  • Your residence during that time was not for the main purpose of education.

Foreign students aged 18-25 living in the UK for half of their life

You will be eligible for Home/EU fees if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • You are a national of a foreign country aged between 18-25.
  • You have lived in the UK for at least half of your life prior to 1 September of the first academic year of the course.
  • You are ordinarily resident in the UK on the first day of the first academic year of the course and have been for three years prior to this date.

You can find a further explanation of this on the Just for Kids Law website.

Overseas fee status

If you do not meet any of the requirements above you will be classed as an overseas student and be liable for tuition fees at the overseas rate.

Confused about fee status?

The rules about fee status can be complicated and there are a few specific exceptions to the criteria above. The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) provides useful guidance and further information on their website.

View UKCISA's guidance

Audition fees

Audition fees vary depending on a number of factors, including the audition venue. For a breakdown of audition fees please see our Choosing where to audition page.

Tuition fees

A full outline of tuition fees for all our courses, including details of charges for additional one-to-one lessons and reassessment fees, is available for download below.

Tuition fees are revised annually for UK, EU and Overseas students. The increase is normally between 2% and 5% and is applied annually to each year of the programme. Please check this page periodically for the latest information.

Tuition fees for UK and EU undergraduate students on the BMus programme are aligned with the maximum tuition fee cap set by the UK government.