Scotland: fee status

Last modified: 19 August 2022

This page provides explanations of the fees regulations which underpin fee status assessment in Scotland for the academic year 2022-23 onwards, that is in the year beginning on or after 1 August 2022. In this page we tell you who the Scottish Government instructs higher and further education institutions in Scotland to give a 'home' tuition fee to, via its fees regulations.

New fees regulations are in place for the academic year 2022-23, that is the year beginning on or after 1 August 2022. The new regulations are The Education (Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2022 (No 156). The new regulations came into force on 1 August 2022 and, on that date, revoked the former set of fees regulations for Scotland (The Education (Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2011, as amended). Therefore, the information in this page reflects some new categories (including those we told you about in news on 13 June, Scotland: Ukraine and Afghan provisions), and some revised wording in existing categories familiar from 2021/22.

Remember that, in the context of fees assessment, 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.

Categories of eligibility for HE and FE from August 2022

Last modified: 19 August 2022

The information below explains the conditions that determine which rate of tuition fee you will be charged on courses of higher education (HE) and further education (FE) in Scotland, if you are studying a course on or after 1 August 2022.

If you are studying in HE, 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. Under some (but not all) categories, students who are not eligible for a 'home' fee may instead qualify for this 'RUK' fee and institutions agree with the Scottish Government to cap this fee at a middle rate; or
  • a top-rate ‘overseas' fee for all other students. 

If you are studying in FE, we understand from the Scottish Government that there is no option to be charged a ‘rest of UK’ (‘RUK’) fee. Therefore, you will be charged either the 'home' rate or the 'overseas' rate. Find out 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 2022 (No 156) ('the fees regulations'). In this section, we provide our interpretation of the categories that appear in the fees regulations. The categories appear as numbered paragraphs in the fees regulations; they start at Regulation 3, and then continue in Schedule 1 paragraphs 1 to 20. We present the categories in the order in which they are presented in the fees regulations.

UKCISA members can currently access a consolidated version of The Education (Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2022 (No 156) in the UKCISA manual. See Fees regulations for August 2021 onwards (you will need your UKCISA login details).

Regulation 3: 'Relevant connection' with Scotland

Regulation 3: 'Long residence'

Paragraph 1: EU nationals [and family] with 'protected rights', three years' residence in UK/Islands/Gibraltar/EEA/Switzerland

Paragraph 2: Irish nationals who are settled in the UK

Paragraph 3: Family members of a relevant person of Northern Ireland

Paragraph 4: 'Person with protected rights' who is also a worker, and family members

Paragraph 5: 'Person with protected rights' who is the child of a former EEA worker

Paragraph 6: ‘Settled' person who utilised a 'right of residence' in the EEA and/or Switzerland, and family members (where 'settled' person is a UK national)

Paragraph 7: Persons granted refugee status, and family members

Paragraph 8: Persons not recognised as a refugee but allowed to remain in the UK, and family members

Paragraph 9: Iraqi national granted indefinite leave to enter the UK under the Locally Engaged Staff Assistance Scheme (Direct Entry), and family members

Paragraph 10: Syrian (Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme) national, and family members

Paragraph 11: Afghan (Locally Employed Staff Ex-Gratia Scheme) national, and family members

Paragraph 12: Relocated Afghan citizens, and family

Paragraph 13: Ukrainian nationals, and family 

Paragraph 14: Persons granted stateless leave, and family members

Paragraph 15: Persons granted discretionary leave to remain as a victim of modern slavery

Paragraph 16: Persons granted indefinite leave to remain as a victim of domestic abuse/violence

Paragraph 17: Persons granted 'Calais leave'

Paragraph 18: Persons who are young asylum seekers or children of asylum seekers

Paragraph 19: Children of Swiss nationals

Paragraph 20: Children of Turkish workers

Extra provisions for UK nationals and family members who have been living in the EEA or Switzerland, and UK/EU nationals living in Gibraltar

Definitions and terminology referred to in the categories from August 2022

Last modified: 19 August 2022

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.

European Economic Area (EEA)

European Union (EU)

Family members

Ordinary residence

'Person with protected rights'

Relevant date

'Relevant person of Northern Ireland'


UK and Islands