Tuition Fee Status

Your tuition fee status is determined by your nationality and the country where you are ordinarily resident:

  • Scottish
  • Rest of UK (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
  • Republic of Ireland
  • International (including EU)

Your tuition fee status will be automatically determined based on the information you provide in your application. This is in accordance with Scottish Government legislation: Education (Fees and Awards) (Scotland) Regulations 2011.

UKCISA provides further information and advice on tuition fee status. 

Please note that the UK Governments departure from the European Union has impacted this for many students.

It is important to ensure that your tuition fee status is correct prior to accepting an offer to study at UWS. If you are unsure about your tuition fee status, or don't think we have got it right, please contact us at ask@uws.ac.uk

Scottish

Students who normally live in Scotland will have a fee status of Scottish.

Rest of the UK

Students who normally live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland will have a fee status of Rest of UK – England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Republic of Ireland

Students who normally live in the Republic of Ireland will have a fee status of Republic of Ireland.

Irish nationals who are ordinarily resident in the UK on 31 December 2020, who have been ordinarily resident in the UK, EEA, EU or Switzerland for three years prior to the course start date, and who are currently ordinarily resident in Scotland may be granted REPUBLIC OF IRELAND fee status without needing settled or pre-settled status.

Irish nationals who moved to the UK after 31 December 2020, who have been resident in the UK/Islands or the ROI for three years and who are now ordinarily resident in Scotland prior to the start of the course may be granted SCOTTISH fee status. Ordinarily Resident typically means that you are living in Scotland for reasons other than just your studies. If you are relocating to Scotland for the primary purpose of your education, it is unlikely you meet this criteria.

Irish nationals who are not ordinarily resident in Scotland prior to the start of the course, but who have been resident in the UK/Islands or the ROI for three years and who may be granted REPUBLIC OF IRELAND fee status.

International ( inc. EU)

Students who normally live in a country outside the UK will have a fee status of International.

EU/EEA/Swiss Nationals and Family Members - Living in the UK by end of 2020

EU nationals and their family members living in the UK before the end of 2020 who have settled or pre-settled status and meet the residency conditions of 3 years in the UK, EEA or Switzerland may be granted SCOTTISH fee status, but must also be ordinarily resident in the UK at the start of the course and have applied/be applying to the EU Settlement Scheme.

Irish nationals who are ordinarily resident in the UK on 31 December 2020, who have been ordinarily resident in the UK, EEA, EU or Switzerland for three years prior to the course start date, and who are currently ordinarily resident in Scotland may be granted REPUBLIC OF IRELAND fee status without needing settled or pre-settled status.

EU/EEA/Swiss Nationals moving to the UK from 2021

EU, EEA and Swiss nationals moving to live in the UK after 31st December 2020 without any form of settled immigration status may be granted INTERNATIONAL fee status (see below).

Irish nationals who moved to the UK after 31 December 2020, who have been resident in the UK/Islands or the ROI for three years and who are now ordinarily resident in Scotland prior to the start of the course may be granted SCOTTISH fee status. Ordinarily Resident typically means that you are living in Scotland for reasons other than just your studies. If you are relocating to Scotland for the primary purpose of your education, it is unlikely you meet this criteria.

Irish nationals who are not ordinarily resident in Scotland prior to the start of the course, but who have been resident in the UK/Islands or the ROI for three years and who may be granted REPUBLIC OF IRELAND fee status.

Irish nationals living elsewhere in the EU (not ROI) who move to Scotland to study may be granted INTERNATIONAL fee status.

UK Nationals living in the EU/EEA or Switzerland

UK nationals living in the EU/EEA or Switzerland, who were previously resident in Scotland for at least 3 years before relocating to the EU/EEA or Switzerland, may be granted SCOTTISH fee status. A family member of a UK national may also meet this criteria if joining their UK returner family member in the UK.

UK nationals living in the EU/EEA or Switzerland, who were previously resident in a part of the UK other than Scotland for at least 3 years before relocating to the EU/EEA or Switzerland, may be granted REST OF UK fee status.

UK nationals living in the EU/EEA or Switzerland, who were not previously resident in a part of the UK for at least 3 years before relocating to the EU/EEA or Switzerland, may be granted REST OF UK fee status.

Dual UK/EU Nationals

Dual UK/EU nationals who have exercised their EU residence rights by residing elsewhere in the EU before 31 December 2020, and who are ordinarily resident in the UK, EEA or Switzerland for 3 years before the start of the course may be granted SCOTTISH fee status.

Dual UK/EU nationals who have NOT exercised their EU residence rights by residing elsewhere in the EU before 31 December 2020 may be granted REST OF UK fee status.

Asylum Seeker

If you are a young asylum seeker, and you meet the conditions set out below, you can request that UWS grant you home fee status and can apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have your fees paid.

You are not eligible to receive living cost support until the Home Office has made a decision on your asylum application and granted you refugee status, Discretionary Leave or Humanitarian Protection in the UK.

You must also meet the following conditions:

  • You are the child of an asylum seeker or a young asylum seeker
  • You made an asylum application to the Home Office before 1 December 2006
  • You are under 25 on the relevant date
  • You are resident in Scotland on the relevant date
  • You have been resident in Scotland during the three years immediately prior to the relevant date

If you do not meet these conditions, you will not be eligible to apply to SAAS for any financial support, but you can request that UWS grant you home fee status. This means you would have a much smaller tuition fee to pay, but you should carefully consider how you might be able to meet this cost, as well as your living costs.

You can find out more by contacting the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS).

If you are an undergraduate student unable to claim tuition fee support from SAAS because you do not meet the criteria, have been granted home fee status by UWS, and have been in Scotland for at least a couple of years, we recommend you apply for the Carnegie Trust Undergraduate Tuition Fee Grant. This organisation aims to support students who do not receive government funding. While they normally only consider those of Scottish birth, they may give consideration where an applicant has been living in Scotland, or attended school here.

Those Granted Asylum in UK

If you have been granted refugee status, Humanitarian Protection or Discretionary Leave in the UK, and normally live in Scotland, you will have a fee status of Scottish. You will have to provide us with copies of your Home Office decision.

This means you will be eligible to apply for full student support as a Scottish student and can find out more in the sections below.

You must meet all conditions set out by Scottish Government legislation and Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) and can contact SAAS directly if you have any questions.

 

Syrian Vulnerable Person Relocation Scheme

If you have been granted Humanitarian Protection under the Syrian Vulnerable Person Relocation Scheme (SVPRS), and normally live in Scotland, you will have a fee status of Scottish. You will have to provide us with copies of your Home Office decision.

This means you will be eligible to apply for full student support as a Scottish student and can find out more in the sections below.

You must meet all conditions set out by Scottish Government legislation and Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) and can contact SAAS directly if you have any questions.

Iraqi Nationals with Indefinite Leave to Enter the UK

If you enter the UK with Indefinite Leave to Enter (ILE) under the Locally Engaged Staff Assistance Scheme (LESAS), and normally live in Scotland, you will have a fee status of Scottish. You will have to provide us with copies of your Home Office decision.

This means you will be eligible to apply for full student support as a Scottish student and can find out more in the sections below.

You must meet all conditions set out by Scottish Government legislation and Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) and can contact SAAS directly if you have any questions.

Afghan Interpreters under the Locally Employed Staff Scheme

If you have been granted Leave to Enter under the Locally Employed Staff (LES) Scheme, and normally live in Scotland, you will have a fee status of Scottish. You will have to provide us with copies of your Home Office decision.

This means you will be eligible to apply for full student support as a Scottish student and can find out more in the sections below.

You must meet all conditions set out by Scottish Government legislation and Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) and can contact SAAS directly if you have any questions.

Stateless Person

If you have been granted leave to remain as a Stateless Person, and normally live in Scotland, you will have a fee status of Scottish. You will have to provide us with copies of your Home Office decision.

This means you will be eligible to apply for full student support as a Scottish student and can find out more in the sections below.

You must meet all conditions set out by Scottish Government legislation and Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) and can contact SAAS directly if you have any questions.

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