PENDING UPDATE We have begun to update this page, starting on 5 November 2021, to reflect Scottish Government's latest version of its EU Residence Guide - Tuition Fee Status of Students Starting Studies in 2021-22 (download, version 5, October 2021). This is fees assessment guidance, published by Scottish Government via SAAS. We aim to fully update the page by early December 2021. Changes have been made in Categories of eligibility for higher education and further education but changes are pending in Definitions and terminology referred to in the categories (specifically regarding the definition of a 'Person with protected rights').
This page provides explanations of the amended fees regulations, and relevant guidance, which underpin fee status assessment in Scotland for students commencing study on or after 1 August 2021.
We have asked the Scottish Government for details of how your institution should assess you if you started your course before 1 August 2021 and your circumstances have now changed, for example if you started your course as an 'overseas' fees payer but you now believe you fall within one of the categories of excepted student explained in the information below. The Scottish Government has said to us that students who started their course as a 'home' fee payer in the 2020-21 academic year, or earlier, should be unaffected by the changes in relation to fee status for the duration of that same course. However, EEA and Swiss nationals and their family members must apply under the EU Settlement Scheme before 1 July 2021, unless they already hold a different type of immigration permission or are exempt from immigration control.
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.