Student speaking to Student Services at their helpdesk.


To be treated as a Scottish home student you must meet all of the following three conditions:

  1. You normally live in Scotland on the first day of the first academic year of the course (usually 1st August); and
  2. You've been living in the UK for 3 years before starting your course.
  3. You're a UK national or have 'settled status' (no restrictions on how long you can stay).

If you don't meet all of the three conditions, you may still be eligible for some elements of support if you meet the requirements of one of the other UK residency categories listed:

  • You're an EU national, or family member of an EU national with settled/pre settled status and have lived in the UK for more than 3 years.
  • You're a refugee.
  • You're under humanitarian protection (as a result of a failed application for Asylum).
  • You're a migrant worker.
  • You're a child of a Swiss national; or
  • You're a child of a Turkish worker.
  • You're a Syrian Refugee (VPRS).

You must also normally be living in Scotland on the first day of the first academic year of the course.

If you do not meet the residency criteria you will be liable to pay the college tuition fee and you are advised to contact student services to find out what level of fee will apply.

You can find out more information on residency on the SAAS website. 

EU Students who do not have settled/pre-settled status

Now that the UK has left the European Union (EU), students from the EU who do not have settled/pre-settled status will no longer be eligible to claim home fee status in relation to tuition fees.

The College can offer these students the Saltire scholarship to help support them with fees if they meet these entry criteria:

  • Citizens or permanent residents of an EU or EEA country. 
  • Offer of a place on a full time course at HN level. 
  • Not previously studied in Scotland. 
  • Have international fee paying status. 
  • Have necessary interpersonal and communication skills required to participate in any Scottish Government activities (Ex: online events/workshops).
  • Willingness to support communications activities to promote Scotland and Higher Education. 

The maximum award is £4000.  Eligible students will be identified through their application to study and will receive an email to inform them that they have been awarded the scholarship.

Further information on Saltire Scholarships