How to determine whether you will pay tuition fees at the home or overseas rate.
Your tuition fee status and the level of tuition fee that you will pay is determined by your nationality and the country where you are ‘ordinarily resident’.
It is also determined in accordance with the regulations with which institutions must work in assessing fee status detailed in the Education (Fees and Awards) (Scotland) Regulations 2011.
UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) provides a detailed information sheet for students which explains the conditions you need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the ‘home’ rate and not the ‘overseas’ rate for study in Scotland.
When you apply to the University of Edinburgh we will attempt to calculate your tuition fee status based on the information you provide in your application about your nationality and country of domicile and you will be notified of your fee status immediately.
You will receive notification of your fee status assessment in your MyEd portal. You will also find details of your annual tuition fees under ‘My Fee Details’.
Please take time to check this information and note that if our assessment of your fee status subsequently changes, then your application may be reassessed and your offer may be withdrawn.
Your offer will be made on the basis of what we consider your fee status will be on the relevant date - this is 1 August if your programme of study starts in September. Therefore it is important that you query your fee status, if necessary, before you receive an offer.
In some cases, we may be unable to determine your fee status based on the information in your application, in which case we will contact you and ask you to complete an online fee status questionnaire.
Therefore: - if we are unable to determine your fee status from the information provided and you are given a fee status assessment of Q - Query or Z - Query EU/EEA residence to be established Or - if you disagree with the initial fee status assessment, it is important that you complete an online fee status questionnaire as soon as possible after your application has been received. Please ensure you provide full information and supporting documentation to enable us to determine your fee status. Please see below for an explanation of the fee status categories in use:
|A||Incoming Exchange||Exchange - no tuition fees due by student|
|B||EU/EEA fee rate||EU national who is normally resident in the EEA|
|D||Overseas/International fee rate||International/Overseas fee rate applied as student does not meet criteria for either RUK* or SEU* fee rate|
|E||EU/EEA resident: Graduate Entry BVM&S and LLB||Graduate Entry - BVM&S and LLB|
|I||Channel Islands & Isle of Man fee rate||Resident in the Channel Islands & Isle of Man|
|L||Online Distance Learning||Online Distance Learning programme where one fee for all fee status categories|
|N||UK fee rate||UK national who is normally resident in UK (applies to UG students on programme before 01/08/2012 and PG students - includes those with ‘settled’ status**|
|R||England/Wales/Northern Ireland fee rate||UK national who is normally resident in England/Wales/N Ireland - includes ‘settled’ status**|
|S||Scotland fee rate||UK national who is normally resident in Scotland - includes ‘settled’ status**|
|Q||Query - tuition fee status to be established||Query - fee status to be determined|
|Z||Query - EU-EEA domicile to be established||Query - Scotland/EU or RUK* fee status to be determined|
*RUK - Rest of UK (England/Wales/Northern Ireland) *SEU - Scotland/European Union **‘settled’ status - have Indefinite Leave to Enter or Remain in the UK or Right of Abode
The University’s Student Records System allocates each applicant a fee status using data supplied by the applicant during the application process. Applicants whose status is unclear from the information they have supplied are classified as “Undetermined”. The information supplied at application is usually sufficient to assess your status for the payment of university tuition fees, however where we are unable to do so we will ask you to complete an online fee status questionnaire for further information.
If you are dissatisfied with your fee status classification or your circumstances change in a way that may affect your fee status, you are entitled to request a review in writing to the address below. Reviews are handled by the Fees and Student Support Manager.
Reviews should be requested before you accept any offer of admission. If the University makes you an offer, then the University later revises its assessment of your fee status on the basis of information provided with your review request, your application may be reassessed and the University's offer may be withdrawn. In your review request you should make reference to the Education (Fees and Awards) (Scotland) Regulations 2011. We aim to review all fee status questionnaires within 3 working days of receiving a request, however at peak times this may not be possible.
After you have received the outcome of your review, if you still disagree with our decision you may appeal in writing to Mr Robert Lawrie, Director of Scholarships and Student Funding, who is responsible for handling the final appeal. This appeal should be made before you accept any offer of admission. If the University makes you an offer, then the University later revises its assessment of your fee status on the basis of information provided with your appeal request, your application may be reassessed and the University's offer may be withdrawn. You should clearly indicate how you believe an incorrect decision has been made, once again making reference to the Education (Fees and Awards) (Scotland) Regulations 2011. The Head of Scholarships and Student Funding Services will review the case and inform the applicant of the decision in writing within seven working days.
If you have any questions concerning your fee status, you should contact the Fees and Student Support Team.
This article was published on Jan 17, 2013