Important information for ECA applicants and continuing ECA students on SAAS and SLC student funding support for 2011-2012.
If you are a first degree student and are either Scottish and ordinarily resident in Scotland, or you are an EU national (excluding England, Wales and Northern Ireland) then you are eligible for your tuition fees to be covered by the Scottish Government.
Full-time Scottish domiciled students and non-UK EU students must apply to SAAS for the payment of their tuition fees. You will need to complete an online application by the required deadline with the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).
Both new and continuing ECA students applying to SAAS for student support for the 2011-2012 session should continue to indicate ECA as their institution for funding purposes and not the University of Edinburgh.
If you are repeating a year of your programme of study, you may not be eligible for funding and you are strongly encouraged to check your position with SAAS as soon as possible.
For Scottish students, student loans will be the main source of support towards living costs. You should apply for this support in advance and have confirmation of your funding before you enrol. If you apply for your loans before 30 June 2011 it is very likely that you will not have any problems in receiving your loans at the start of the 2011-2012 academic session.
Students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland have to pay tuition fees. Full details about the tuition fees payable can be found on the University of Edinburgh's table of fees.
Tuition fee loans are available and you should apply for funding directly to the appropriate body:
If you apply before 1 August 2011, you should indicate ECA (EDCA) as your institution for funding purposes (not the University of Edinburgh).
If you apply after 1 August 2011, you should indicate the University of Edinburgh (EDBU) as your institution for funding purposes (not ECA).
If you are repeating a year of your programme of study, you may not be eligible for funding and so you are strongly encouraged to check your position with your funding body as quickly as possible.
The latest student funding information for ECA applicants and students will be available from the University of Edinburgh's Scholarships and Student Funding Services website.
The Scottish Government is currently considering changing the way in which higher education tuition fees are applied to students who normally live in another part of the UK outside Scotland (RUK).
The University of Edinburgh is currently considering the full implications of an announcement made by the Scottish Government on proposals to change the levels of tuition fees that Scottish universities can charge students who usually live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland from the academic year 2012-2013.
The University expects to have set indicative tuition fee levels for RUK applicants by the end of September 2011 at the very latest. These must, however, be provisional since universities cannot presume the outcome of a Parliamentary process which is likely to conclude in November 2011.
Further information on tuition fee levels as well as a wide ranging financial package of additional bursaries and scholarships for students from the rest of the UK will be published on the University website in due course.
The Scottish Government's proposals on changing the way in which higher education tuition fees are applied to RUK students is only expected to apply to students who commence their programme of higher education in Scotland from the 2012-2013 academic session. It is also expected that students who have deferred before 31 July 2011 will not be expected to pay according to the new fee regime.
This article was published on Sep 1, 2011