Scotland: fee status

Last modified: 08 June 2017

Publicly funded educational institutions normally charge two levels of fee: a lower 'home' fee and a higher 'overseas' fee. Private sector institutions often have only one level of tuition fee, which all students must pay.

Whether you pay a 'home' or 'overseas' fee depends on whether you meet certain criteria.

Please read Home or Overseas fees? before looking at our explanation of the fees regulations/guidance for your relevant area of the UK.

Remember that, in the context of the fees regulations/guidance, certain terms mean what is explained for them in the 'definitions' and not what you might interpret from an ‘everyday’ understanding of the words.

Higher Education

Last modified: 08 June 2017

If you are commencing a course of higher education (HE) study in Scotland, you are known as a 'post 2011/12 student'. Publicly funded educational institutions in Scotland will charge you one of three levels of fee:

  • a 'home' fee; or
  • for some categories, but not all, a ‘rest of UK’ (‘RUK’) fee – capped at a middle-rate of £9,000 for students who are considered to be of 'RUK' status. Students who are not eligible for 'home' fees may, in some categories, qualify for this and institutions have agreed with the Scottish Government to cap this fee for the foreseeable future; or
  • a top-rate ‘overseas' fee for all other students.

The Scottish Government has agreed that, in certain circumstances, you should be covered by the previous fees regulations, now primarily aimed at further education (FE) students. You should not use the information in this section but, instead, look at the information for Further Education, if you:

  • started your HE course in the 2012-13 academic year, or any time since then, having had a written arrangement with your institution before 1 August 2011 to defer your studies - you are a '(new) deferred student'; or
  • are continuing a HE course that you commenced in an academic year before 2012/13 – you are a 'continuing student'.

1. 'Relevant connection' with Scotland

2. 'Settled' people who exercise a 'right of residence' in the EEA and/or Switzerland, and family members of 'settled' UK nationals

3. EU nationals and family

4. Non-UK EU nationals and family, ordinary residence in UK & Islands

5. Non-UK EU nationals and family, right of permanent residence in UK

6. Non-UK EEA and Swiss migrant workers and family

7. Children of Swiss Nationals

8. Children of Turkish workers

9. People with refugee status and family

10. Those not recognised as refugees but allowed to remain in the UK and family

11. Unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and children of asylum seekers

12. Reciprocal exchange students

13. Temporary protection

14. Iraqi nationals granted indefinite leave to enter the UK under the Locally Engaged Staff Assistance Scheme (Direct Entry) and family

15. British Overseas Territories Citizens and family

16. Syrian (Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme) nationals and family

17. Long residence

Further Education

Last modified: 21 February 2017

This information primarily explains the conditions you need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the ‘home’ rate on courses of further education (FE) in Scotland. The Scottish Government provides funding to FE institutions for 'home' students. It advises institutions to determine 'home' fees eligibility using The Education (Fees and Awards) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (as amended).

This information also applies to you if you are a higher education (HE) student, if you:

  1. started your HE course in the 2012-13 academic year, or any time since then, having had a written arrangement with your institution before 1 August 2011 to defer your studies - you are a '(new) deferred student'; or
  2. are continuing a HE course that you commenced in an academic year before 2012/13 – you are a 'continuing student'.

Finally, certain extra categories of FE-only student are eligible for a complete fee waiver, irrespective of their fee status under the 2007 regulations. We have included these categories of student here, too, as they would effectively be funded by the Scottish Government as 'home' fee payers. But note that these categories do not apply to '(new) deferred' and 'continuing' HE students.

 

1. 'Relevant connection' with UK

2. 'Settled' people who exercise a 'right of residence' in EEA and/or Switzerland, and family of 'settled' UK nationals

3. EU nationals, and family

4. Non-UK EU nationals, and family, ordinary residence in UK & Islands

5. Non-UK EU nationals, and family, right of permanent residence in UK

6. Non-UK EEA/Swiss workers, and family

7. The children of Swiss Nationals

8. The children of Turkish workers

9. People with refugee status, and family

10. Those not recognised as refugees but allowed to remain in UK, and family

11. Unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, and children of asylum seekers

12. Reciprocal exchange students in FE

13. Iraqi nationals granted indefinite leave to enter the UK under the Locally Engaged Staff Assistance Scheme (Direct Entry), and family

14. Those with temporary protection

15. British Overseas Territories nationals and family

16. ESOL courses and part-time FE courses for asylum seekers

17. Syrian (Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme) nationals, and family

Definitions: for fee status assessment

Last modified: 12 July 2017

This section explains the words and terms which occur in our information, above. These explanations should not be read in isolation but, instead, combined with the appropriate fee status category.


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