How we determine your fee status for fee paying purposes.
All Scottish universities are required to determine fee status in accordance with regulations approved by the Scottish Parliament - the Education (Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2011.
Your tuition fee status and the level of tuition fee that you pay is determined by your nationality and the country where you are ‘ordinarily resident’.
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.
Like other UK universities, there are different levels of tuition fees for students whose status is home or overseas and at Scottish universities there are also different home fee levels for undergraduate study. Please see below for an explanation of the fee status categories we 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 a home rate of fee|
|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|
**‘settled’ status - have Indefinite Leave to Enter or Remain in the UK or Right of Abode
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 EUCLID portal. Please take time to check this information.
If we are unable to determine your fee status from the information provided, you will be given a fee status assessment of Q - Query-fee status to be determined or Z - Query-EU/EEA residence to be established. You will be asked to complete a fee status questionnaire and a link to the fee status questionnaire is sent to you via the EUCLID portal.
You can also complete a fee status questionnaire 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 and that you ensure you provide full information and supporting documentation to enable us to determine your fee status as quickly as possible.
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.
Undergraduate applicants should be aware of the following statement in the undergraduate terms and conditions: If the University makes an offer to an applicant, then the University later revises its assessment of the applicant’s fee status as at the relevant date, then the applicant’s UCAS application may be reassessed and the University’s offer may be withdrawn.
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. In your review request you should make reference to the Education (Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 to support the reasons for your request. We aim to review all fee status questionnaires within three working days of receiving a request, however at peak times this may not be possible.
Reviews and appeals 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 or appeal request, your application may be reassessed and the University's offer may be withdrawn.
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. You should clearly indicate how you believe an incorrect decision has been made, once again making reference to the Education (Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2011. The Director of Scholarships and Student Funding 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 Aug 22, 2013