The information on this page only applies to fee status decisions being made for the 2020/21 academic year. It does not reflect the fees regulations for students commencing study in autumn 2021 or later.

We are expecting the fees regulations to be amended for autumn 2021 onwards and we understand this will affect many (although not all) of the categories below, especially the EU-related ones. For what is known for students commencing study in autumn 2021, see Brexit - fees and Student Support.

Scotland: fee status

Last modified: 06 November 2020

This page provides explanations of the fees regulations and guidance which underpin fee status assessment in Scotland for the 2020/21 academic year.

Before you look at this page, you should also read our introductory info about 'Home' and 'Overseas' fees and find out if your course is in higher education (HE) or further education (FE).

Remember that, in the context of these regulations/guidance, certain terms mean what is explained for them in the Definitions (at the bottom of this page) and not what you might interpret from an ‘everyday’ understanding of the words.

We are expecting the fees regulations to be amended for autumn 2021 onwards and we understand this will affect many (although not all) of the categories below, especially the EU-related ones. For what is known for students commencing study in autumn 2021, see Brexit - fees and Student Support.

Higher Education

Last modified: 23 January 2020

This information only applies to fee status decisions being made for the 2020/21 academic year. It does not reflect the fees regulations for students commencing study in autumn 2021 or later. We are expecting the fees regulations to be amended for autumn 2021 onwards and we understand this will affect many (although not all) of the categories below, especially the EU-related ones. For what is known for students commencing study in autumn 2021, see Brexit - fees and Student Support.

Higher education courses include HNC and HND courses, undergraduate degrees (for example, BA, BSc, BEd), and postgraduate degrees (for example, MA, MSc, PhD). The info below explains the conditions you need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the ‘home’ rate (or, in some cases, a middle rate) on courses of HE in Scotland. Check if your course is in higher education (HE) or further education (FE).

The Scottish Government advises publicly-funded educational institutions in Scotland to determine 'home' fees eligibility using The Education (Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2011, as amended. You will be charged one of three levels of fee:
  • a 'home' fee for those who meet all the conditions of one (or more) categories; or
  • a ‘rest of UK’ (‘RUK’) fee – capped at a middle rate roughly equivalent to the 'home' fee charged in England – for students who are considered to be of 'RUK' status. Under some (but not all) categories, students who are not eligible for 'home' fees may instead qualify for this 'RUK' fee and institutions have agreed with the Scottish Government to cap this fee at a middle rate for the foreseeable future; or
  • a top-rate ‘overseas' fee for all other students.

 

Changes to category summary 4 ('Non-UK EU nationals and family, ordinary residence in UK & Islands') in January 2020: This category has been further amended to reflect recent confirmation from the Scottish Government about the limits of 'RUK' eligibility provided under it.

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 EEA 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

18. Afghan (Locally Employed Staff Ex-Gratia Scheme) nationals and family

19. Those granted stateless leave and family

20. Those granted discretionary leave as a ‘victim of modern slavery’

Further Education

Last modified: 20 May 2019

This information only applies to fee status decisions being made for the 2020/21 academic year. It does not reflect the fees regulations for students commencing study in autumn 2021 or later. We are expecting the fees regulations to be amended for autumn 2021 onwards and we understand this will affect many (although not all) of the categories below, especially the EU-related ones. For what is known for students commencing study in autumn 2021, see Brexit - fees and Student Support.

This information 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.

This information also applies to you if you are a higher education (HE) student and your university considers that you are a 'new deferred student' or a 'continuing student'.

Certain categories of FE-only student are eligible for a complete fee waiver, irrespective of their fee status under the 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.

This information is based on the provisions of the Education (Fees and Awards) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (as amended). The Scottish Government has advised that FE fee assessors can use the Education (Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 (as amended) for FE fee assessment. The 2011 regulations are used for HE fee assessment and most of the categories contain a larger number of conditions than their equivalent in the 2007 regulations. It is our understanding that the Education (Fees and Awards) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 have not yet been revoked and, therefore, are still in force alongside the 2011 regulations. We have asked the Scottish Government about this situation, and we are waiting for clarification from them. In the meantime, your institution may have been advised to use the 2011 regulations instead of the 2007 regulations.

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 EEA 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

18. Long residence

19. Afghan (Locally Employed Staff Ex-Gratia Scheme) nationals, and family

20. Those granted stateless leave, and family

21. Those granted discretionary leave as a ‘victim of modern slavery’

Definitions: for fee status assessment

Last modified: 30 January 2020

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.

Dependent

European Economic Area (EEA)

European Union (EU)

Ordinary residence

Overseas Territories

Relevant date

Settled

UK and Islands

Relevant family members – Scotland HE

Relevant family members – Scotland FE


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