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Quick guide to fees and finance: Channel Islands or the Isle of Man

The Channel Islands and Isle of Man are part of the British Isles, but students living there aren’t considered ‘home’ students. Find out how this affects tuition fees and student support…

Here's our quick guide covering what you need know...

1. Tuition fees

Strictly speaking, students from the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands are regarded as international students under UK law. However, in view of their close relationship with the UK, the island authorities – that is, the governments of Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man – historically had a long-standing ‘gentleman’s agreement’ with UK universities to charge set fees that were usually somewhat lower than other international students would pay. 

The island authorities then offered support to their students to pay those fees, although exact arrangements are different in each case.

With the changes to fees for home students in 2012/13 there is no longer such a universal following of that agreement, and fees may consequently be higher; however fee support will still be offered by the relevant island authority.

2. Student support

Each of the three island authorities operates a different funding system for its students, with help with tuition fees and student support. Different levels of expected contribution and support are in place. For more information on the support available go to the relevant websites: Which? University provides guest spots to external contributors. This is from the National Union of Students (NUS), a confederation of 600 students' unions representing the interests of more than seven million students.


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