Tuition fees

Work out your fee status

Part of working out how much you will pay for a programme depends on knowing what your fee status is.

What is fee status?

The tuition fee you will be charged is dependent on your fee status.

We work out what your fee status is based on the information in your application about nationality and where you are ordinarily resident.


For undergraduate degrees, fee status is divided into:

  • Home (Scotland and EU)
  • Home RUK (rest of the United Kingdom)
  • Overseas/International
  • Graduate Entry (Veterinary Medicine and LLB Ordinary)
    • applicants who already hold a degree level qualification


For postgraduate degrees, fee status is divided into:

  • Home (UK)
  • EU
  • Overseas/International
  • Online Learning
    • all online learning students pay the same rate

Asylum seekers

We classify students seeking asylum from within the United Kingdom as equivalent to ‘Scottish domiciled’ for tuition fee purposes in session 2020-2021.

Asylum seeker tuition fee status and scholarship

EU students


New undergraduate students

The Scottish Government has confirmed it will meet the cost of tuition fees for eligible undergraduate EU students starting their degrees in 2020-21. This would be for the duration of your degree programme.​​​​​​

Continuing undergraduate students

Eligible undergraduate EU students already studying at The University of Edinburgh will continue to have the cost of their tuition fees covered by the Scottish Government. This would be for the duration of your studies. 

Postgraduate students

Postgraduate EU students starting or continuing their studies at the University of Edinburgh in 2020-2021 will retain their fee status for the duration of their programme.

Applying to Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for funding

If you start undergraduate or postgraduate studies in 2020 or earlier, you can apply to the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for funding and your tuition fee status will not change for the duration of your degree programme.

This applies if the UK leaves the EU with a withdrawal agreement and also in the event of a no-deal Brexit.


On 9 July 2020 the decision was made by the Scottish Government to end free university tuition for EU students starting in 2021-22.

  • Funding policy for EU nationals and associated groups starting a course of study in academic year 2021-22 or later will be in line with international fees.
  • This is likely to include those with deferred entry from 2020/21.
  • International fees for 2021/22 are expected soon - we will provide further information as soon as we can.
Irish nationals

Irish national applicants starting studies in 2021-22 will be classed as ‘home’ student status as a result of the Common Travel Area agreement. This means Irish national applicants will be exempt from international fees.

More detailed information is expected from the Scottish Government. In particular, the exact fee status of Irish nationals remains subject to agreement between the devolved nations of the UK.

Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) guidance and government information

Brexit guidance on the Student Awards Agency Scotland website

Brexit: Impact on fee status assessments on the UKCISA website

Find out your fee status

If you are unsure about what your fee status is, visit the UKCISA website for information on the current fee status regulations.

Check the fee status guidance for studying in Scotland on the UKCISA website

Learn what the fee status terms mean

Our definition list provides the meanings of terms you will find on the UKCISA website.

Definitions of fee status terms

After you apply

Your fee status is not confirmed until after you apply for admission.

If there is not enough information in your application to work out what your fee status is, you will need to complete a fee status questionnaire.

Once you start studying, your fee status cannot be updated if your circumstances change.

Confirming your fee status after you apply