The UK left the European Union on 31 January 2020. The UK then entered a transition period that ended on 31 December 2020. Brexit will have an effect on some areas of life in Scotland, which will include Higher Education.
You will find lots of helpful information on the SAAS website.
Under EU reciprocal arrangements that were in place until Brexit, eligible EU students coming to Scotland to study in 2020/21 academic sessions or earlier, will be eligible to apply for tuition fee support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for their full period of study. This does not apply if you are starting a new or different course.
If you started a course in 2020-2021 or earlier, you will remain eligible for this support for the duration of the course.
You cannot claim any support through the Scottish Government for living costs, so it is vitally important you consider how you will support yourself during your studies.
Please visit our Money Advice pages for information on how you can make your money go further.
*If you are an EU National with settled status, and have been living in Scotland or the UK for more than 3 years, you may be eligible to be treated as a Scottish student in respect of funding and apply to SAAS for a full package of support. If you think this applies to you, contact SAAS for further advice.
Student Awards Agency Scotland
If you meet the criteria noted above and wish to apply to SAAS for tuition fee support, it is important to ensure you meet all eligibility criteria.
SAAS will not fund your studies if you are studying in Scotland for one year as part of your course at your home institution, to which you will transfer credits, return to and graduate from.
SAAS may also consider whether you have already achieved a degree for which you received support from your home country, another EU member state or the European Social Fund.
Further information on eligibility and the application process can be found on the SAAS website.
Remember that your support will be in the form of a loan, which needs to be paid back. You do not have to take out the student loan, or can elect to take out only a proportion of what you are offered. The student loan is repayable and does accrue interest but it is much cheaper than other types of finance such as bank loans, overdrafts or credit cards.
Find out more about how the student loan works here.