Students living and studying in Scotland

Tuition fees

Students who satisfy the residential conditions, are starting a full-time degree or equivalent course at a Scottish university, and have not been supported from public funds before will normally be entitled for tuition fee funding from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). It is essential that students apply for assistance with fees through SAAS. It is easiest method is to apply by completing the online form on the SAAS website.

Application procedure

Students must apply to SAAS for assistance with tuition fees each year by completing the online application. SAAS aims to send an acknowledgement of receipt of your application within 10 days, and aims to send an award letter (confirming that your tuition fees will be paid) within 21 days of receiving your application. The progress of your application can be tracked through the SAAS website.

If you have not received a decision from SAAS about your application by the beginning of term, it is your responsibility to check that the application has been received and that you have supplied all the information necessary to enable your application to be processed.

If you do not have your award letter at the start of session, you should visit the Infohub as soon as you receive confirmation from SAAS so that your award letter can be photocopied. Otherwise the University will assume that you are personally liable for paying your tuition fees. Please also note that you must apply to SAAS for funding for every year of your course. SAAS aims to have funding in place at the start of your course, if correctly completed applications received before 30 June 2011.

Student loans

You can apply for a student loan through the same online application form that is used to claim assistance with tuition fees. Eligible students can apply for a means-tested or non-means tested loan. The current loan amounts are published in the SAAS Guide to Student Support. Loan payments are made on a monthly basis, if there are no system delays at the University or at the Student Loan Company, the first instalment is paid directly into your nominated bank account within 3 or 4 days of your registration at the University. It is important to check that the payment is in your bank account before spending money. The remaining loan amount will be paid as monthly instalments into your account. It is essential that the Student Loan Company has your correct bank account details.

Student loans are repayable from the April following your graduation or withdrawal from studies, provided you earn a minimum of £10,000. The payments are collected by HM Revenue & Customs.

Repeat or previous assistance

Eligibility to receive support is normally based on the minimum period of study required for your degree programme, which is four years in most cases (except, for example, MBChB, MChem, MEng and programmes involving a compulsory year abroad or industrial placement where five years is required). If you already had support from public funds, for example, for an HND that does not give you entry the second year of the degree programme, your support may be for three years only so you would not get support for the first year of your degree programme and you would have to pay your own tuition fees.

Important funding information

It is essential that changes of subject that necessarily involve an extra year of study be reported to your funding body at the time the change is made. You should always indicate an actual or intended honours programme on your SAAS application form, unless you are quite certain that you do not intend to pursue an honours programme. However, any student whose degree intention changes (e.g. from BTh to BD, BEng to MEng, non-Honours to Honours) after registration, and who will then require an extra year of study should contact the Registry as soon as possible so that SAAS can be notified.

Additional financial support

SAAS offers supplementary grants, a Young Student's Bursary, and assistance with travel expenses - see the SAAS website for more information and eligibility criteria.

The child care fund is administered by the University and is designed to assist with formal child care costs. Application forms are available for collection from Infohub once you have registered.

The hardship fund is administered by the Student Support & Advice Office, and is intended to help students facing unexpected financial difficulties. Any award from this fund is not repayable, but assistance with tuition fees is not available. Application forms are available to students at the start of session at the Infohub.

SAAS contact details

The Student Awards Agency for Scotland
Gyleview House
3 Redheughs Rigg
Edinburgh EH12 9HH
Tel: 08451111711
Email: saas.geu.@scotland.gsi.gov.uk
Web: http://www.saas.gov.uk/

Students living in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland

Tuition fees

New students

From September 2012, new full-time students from the rest of the UK (RUK) must pay £9000 each academic year, with the final year free. Please consult our Fees and Funding Guide for more information and for any exceptions.

2.2 Student Loans

In most cases the Student Loan should also be applied for through the relevant Student Finance authority. The maximum amount of loan for session 2011/12 is £4950 for students living away from home. 75% of the maximum loan is available to all eligible students regardless of your/parental income. The remaining 25% will be means tested. This will be assessed by Student Finance.

Student Loans are repayable in the April after students leave their programme or graduate providing they are earning a minimum of £10,000. The payments are collected by the Inland Revenue.

2.3 Repeat or Previous Assistance

All students should be aware that eligibility to receive support is normally based on the minimum period of study required for your degree programme - 4 years in most cases (except, for example, MBChB, MChem, MEng and programmes involving a compulsory year abroad or industrial placement, where 5 years are required).  If you have already had support from public funds - for example, for an HND which does not give you entry to year 2 of the degree programme - your support may be for 3 years only, so you would not get support for the first year of your degree programme and you would have to pay the tuition fees yourself.  If in doubt, ask your LA about that now.

2.4 Important Funding Information

It is essential that changes of subject that necessarily involve an extra year of study be reported to the funding body at the time the change is made. You should always indicate an actual or intended honours programme on your application to the LA, unless you are quite certain that you do not intend to pursue an honours programme. However, any student whose degree intention changes (eg from BTh to BD, BEng to MEng, Non-Honours to Honours) after Registration and who as a consequence will require an extra year of study should contact the Registry as soon as possible so that your LA may be notified.

2.5 Further Support Available

Certain groups of students may also be entitled to claim supplementary grants or allowances. Further information concerning eligibility is available from your Student Finance authority. There is a Hardship Fund which is administered by the Student Support Services section of the University and intended to help students facing unexpected financial difficulties. Assistance is not available to pay tuition fees. The application forms are available to students at the start of session from the InfoHub and any award from this fund is not repayable.

2.6 Student Finance Contact Details:

Student Finance England 

Student Finance Wales 

Student Finance Northern Ireland 

3 EU Students

Students from EU Countries are eligible to apply to SAAS for assistance with tuition fees. They are not eligible to claim student loans or from any of the bursary schemes. Further information about applying for tuition fees can be found at mailto:www.saas.gov.uk.

4 International Students

International students are not eligible to apply for UK Government assistance, nor will the University be able to assist with payment of tuition fees. Many international students are sponsored by their own Governments or private industry. Those who are not are deemed to be personally liable for tuition fee payment.

The standard International tuition fee rates for 2011/12 have been set as follows:

MBA

£13,500

Other Arts-based (postgraduate - excluding Business School programmes)

£10,500

Other Arts-based (undergraduate)

£10,500

Science-based (postgraduate)

£13,200

Science-based (undergraduate)

£13,200

Clinical Medicine (undergraduate)

£24,000

A guide to living expenses for International Students can be accessed on the Student Recruitment and Admissions Service website.

5 All Sponsored Students

All sponsored students must submit written evidence on letterhead paper as proof that their tuition fees will be paid by a sponsoring authority, otherwise the University will assume that the student is personally liable for the full payment of tuition fees.

Also, if the award-giving body fails to meet the cost of tuition fees, the student will become personally liable for full payment. In these cases a letter will be sent to notify the student that a personal invoice is about to be sent if the sponsor does not pay within 30 days.

6 All Students - debt

If tuition fees, or any other debts to the University, are not paid by the time all examinations and assessments are passed, you will not be permitted to graduate.

Students with debt from a previous academic year are not permitted to re-register with the University. Payment in full is required and must be made prior to registration in September.