Fee setting process

How Lancaster University course fees are decided

For certain types of students universities are restricted in what they can charge as a tuition fee, whereas other types can be charged a fee at a level determined to be appropriate by the university. At Lancaster University we have a dedicated Fee Setting Committee who consider multiple factors when setting the rates for the proceeding academic session.

The Home/EU undergraduate tuition fee rates are determined by the Government, and Lancaster University falls in-line with the approved figures.

Certain postgraduate research courses will have a tuition fee that is determined by the UK Research Councils. This will often mean that the University is unable to confirm the fee rate until April each year, as we are reliant on the councils’ decision.

Channel Island and Isle of Man student tuition fees are determined by an agreement between the island authorities and Universities UK, and will often be subject dependant.

Overseas and postgraduate (not already covered above) tuition fees are determined by the Fee Setting Committee, and will be dependant on the course being studied and the mode of study.

Any supplementary fees, for example re-sit examination or writing up fees, are determined by the Fee Setting Committee.