In most cases, a debt becomes Statute Barred after 6 years from the last payment or written acknowldgement of the debt by the debtor (England, Wales & Northern Ireland, don't know about Scotland) but I don't know if your fees are different.
The Office of Fair Trading say
"A debt is considered Statute Barred if a creditor has not contacted a debtor for a period of 6 years and no action has been taken on the account."
The relevant legislation is called the Limitation Act. You can see it at http://www.opsi.gov.uk/
but wikipedia has a good summary
Thanks for your answer.
I was talking about fees paid to a college.
And since you mention it, concerning the starting point of the prescription time, isnt it the end of the year of study (even if payments were made afterwards towards a part of the fees) ?
I may be naive on this but given the peculiar nature of tuition fees I was wondering if that starting point could not be linked to the year of study (end or even beginning).
Concerning the Limitation Act (which I found at this address http://www.opsi.gov.uk/acts/acts1980/pdf/ukpga_19800058_en.pdf), I cant find anything in it concerning precisely tuition fees. Which section do you think is the most applicable then ?
do you have a problem paying it? have you discussed it with them?
many collegages have hardship funds that might help you
The hardship fund cant do any good since I am not a student there any more (and even when I was they were apparently unable to use it for me).