Applicants that are unsure of their fee status may be subject to residency requirements that have been outlined by the Research Council UK. The below statement outlines conditions of funding for applicants that would fall under home students.
Information provided by RCUK:
There are residence requirements for research council funding for postgraduate research. These are based on the Education (Fees and Awards) (England) Regulations 2007 and subsequent amendments. Normally, to be eligible for a full award a student must have no restrictions on how long they can stay in the UK and have been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship (with some further constraint regarding residence for education).
If you are unsure if this applies to you or not further information on residency requirements can be found here Residency Requirements. Alternatively, please use the contact us for any queries you may have regarding this.