In a letter to all Scottish universities and colleges dated 14 December 2016, the Scottish Government have announced that they will be introducing a new 'long residence rule' for Scottish-domiciled students from the 2017-18 academic year.
This follows their consideration of the 'Tigere' judgment in the UK Supreme Court in summer 2015.
The amendments will be laid in Parliament in spring 2017 and, if approved by Parliament, would come into force from the 1st August 2017 and will apply to both continuing students and new students undertaking their studies in the 2017-2018 academic year.
Students enrolled on courses in the 2016-2017 academic year
In the meantime, for students enrolled on courses in the 2016-17 academic year, the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) will provide 'relevant support' to any person who meets the following criteria:
"A person of any nationality who at the start of their course:
- is ordinarily resident in Scotland;
- has been ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom and Islands throughout the three-year period preceding the first day of the first academic year of the course; and
- is either:
- under the age of 18 and has lived in the United Kingdom throughout the seven-year period preceding the first day of the first academic year of the course; or
- aged 18 years old or above and, preceding the first day of the first academic year of the course, has lived in the United Kingdom throughout either-
- half their life; or
- a period of twenty-years"