New fees and Student Support regulations were laid before the Scottish Parliament on 4 February 2016. These amendment regulations provide for ‘home’ fees eligibility and Student Support entitlement, from 1 August 2016, for certain Syrian nationals and their family members in Scotland. This means that relevant students will be eligible to be assessed as ‘home’ fees payers from that date, and they will also be entitled to the various elements of Student Support from that date.
The following regulations have all been amended: The Students’ Allowances (Scotland) Regulations 2007, The Education (Student Loans for Tuition Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, The Education (Fees and Awards) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, The Education (Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2011, and The Education (Student Loans) (Scotland) Regulations 2007.
We will update the relevant categories in our public fees and student support information as soon as possible.
The key provision in the new category, common to both fees and each of the Student Support regulations, is for a Syrian national who has been “granted humanitarian protection to enter the United Kingdom under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme operated by the [Home Office]” and who has been “ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom and Islands at all times since [he/she was] first granted such humanitarian protection to enter the United Kingdom”. Provision is extended to the spouse, civil partner, or child, of such a person.
The Student Support regulations will require ordinary residence in Scotland on the relevant date / first day of the first academic year. Therefore, this change will mostly benefit students starting their courses in the 2016/17 academic year, rather than continuing students (of which there are likely to be few anyway). However, the fees regulations appear to provide for new and continuing students, in both HE and FE.