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Determine Your Fee Status

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Determine Your Fee Status

Your tuition fee status and the level of tuition fee that you pay is determined by your nationality, your ‘settled’ status and the country in which you are ‘ordinarily resident’.

Due to recent government updates to the Fee Status guidelines, the information held on these pages are for guidance only. Find out more:


As a student registered at RGU you are required to pay the tuition fee appropriate to your programme and to your status as a UK, EU, Irish or an Overseas student. Your tuition fee status and the level of tuition fee that you pay is determined by your nationality, your ‘settled’ status and the country in which you are ‘ordinarily resident’.

All Scottish universities are required to determine fee status in accordance with regulations approved by the Scottish Parliament - the Education (Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2011.

Fee status assessment

Your fee status is determined in accordance with regulations published by the UK government who have made a number of statements setting out the position for fee status post-Brexit. This will apply to students beginning their studies in August 2021 or after. Revised legislation is awaited but not yet available. RGU’s advice below concerning students beginning in 2021/22 is based upon the advice given by the UK government and incorporates our expectations of what may change and what may remain the same. Updated guidance will be provided on this page as the Government announcements are made) and this advice will be revised fully when new legislation comes into force. You are advised to check here regularly.

Your fee status will be communicated as part of any offer of admission. By accepting RGU's offer of admission you agree to pay the fees associated with the fee status quoted in RGU's offer.

As part of any fee assessment, there may be need for RGU to issue you with a fee status questionnaire in order to gather further information from you. This must be returned within 21 days. Failure to return the questionnaire or provide any requested documentation will result in you being classified with an Overseas fees status.

Our fee status assessment is based on the University’s interpretation of the Education (Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2011.

Your Fee Status is assessed and decided upon from the information that you provide in your application. The specific fields that are considered in the calculation of fee status are:

  • Nationality / Dual Nationality
  • Area of Permanent Residence
  • Residential Category
  • Address of current and previous educational institutions
  • Address of current and previous work experience

Your tuition fee status will be one of the following:

  • Scottish
  • EU/EEA/Swiss National
  • RUK or Rest of UK - (England, Wales ROI and Northern Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man)
  • Overseas

Your Tuition Fee Status

Like all other universities in the UK, Robert Gordon University charges different fees dependent on the 'tuition fee status' of students.

Your tuition fee status may be:

  • Scottish
  • EU (European Union outside the UK)
  • RUK (England, Wales ROI and Northern Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man)
  • Overseas (outside the EU)

We will determine your tuition fee status based on information you supply about yourself during the application process.

If we can't establish your tuition fee status from your application, we will ask you to supply more information.

Your tuition fee status is assessed in accordance with Scottish Government legislation and the Education (Fees and Awards) (Scotland) Regulations 2011.

Normally the tuition fee rate you start your studies on remains with you for the duration of your course, however there are exceptions to this rule. 


Types of Fee Status

The potential fee statuses you may be assessed as are:

Scottish 

  • You are a UK National l or have right of residence in the UK
    and
  • You are ordinarily resident in Scotland
    and
  • You have been resident in the UK for the last 3 years and you are resident in Scotland on the relevant date

EU/EEA or Swiss Nationals 

  • You are an EU/EEA/Swiss national or the family member of an EU national
    and
  • You are ordinarily resident in a non-UK EU country (or EU Overseas territory)
    and
  • You have been resident in the EU for the last 3 years and are resident in the EU (or EU Overseas Territory) at the point of application

or

  • You are a UK national and have lived or worked in a non-UK EU country
    and
  • You have been resident in the EU for the last 3 years and are resident in the EU or EU Overseas Territory at the point of application

Rest of UK or RUK

  • You are a UK national or have right of residence in the UK or are a citizen of the UK since birth
    and
  • You are ordinarily resident in England, Wales, ROI, Northern Ireland (or a British Overseas territory)
    and
  • You have not lived or worked in a non-UK EU country
    and
  • You have been resident in the UK for the last 3 years and are resident in England, Wales, ROI, Northern Ireland or a British Overseas territory at the point of application

Overseas

  • You are a non-EU national
    and
  • You are ordinarily resident in a non-UK EU country

or

  • You are a UK or EU national
    and
  • You are ordinarily resident in a non-UK EU country for a period that cannot be defined as temporary

or

  • You are a UK or EU national
    and
  • You have been ordinarily resident in the UK or EU for a period of less than 3 years prior to commencement of the course
    and
  • Your previous absence from the UK or EU cannot be defined as temporary.

There are additional categories which can affect your Fee Status such as:

  • Asylum Status
  • Refugee Status
  • Settled in the UK - Indefinite Leave
  • Humanitarian Protection (or similar)

For more information please refer to:

Appealing a Fee Status assessment

If you believe that your Fee Status has been incorrectly assessed, you can Appeal up to 21 days following receipt of the Fee Status Notification by emailing admissions@rgu.ac.uk with your name, student ID number and reasons for which you believe the assessment is wrong based on the current guidance. Please also provide additional documentary evidence to support this appeal.

 

Further Funding Information

Undergraduate

Scottish Students

Students who normally live in Scotland (excluding England, Wales, ROI, Northern Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey or the Isle of Man) will have a fee status of Scottish and may be eligible for financial support from SAAS. For full details on the support available please select the appropriate link depending whether you intend to study full-time or part-time.

If you are in any doubt regarding your eligibility for support, please contact the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).

Rest of the UK Students

Students who normally live in England, Wales, ROI, Northern Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey or the Isle of Man will have a fee status of RUK.

The tuition fee you will pay for the duration of your course are detailed on each specific course page under Course Fees.

Currently UK Governments have reciprocal funding arrangements in place for Allied Health Professions courses and courses in Nursing and Midwifery.

If you are in any doubt as to your eligibility for support as an RUK student, please contact your appropriate funding body.

EU/EAA and Swiss National Students

Students who normally live in in the EU/EEA or Switzerland will have a fee status of EU.

The tuition fee you will pay for the duration of your course are detailed on each specific course page under Course Fees.

International Students

Students who are nationals of a country outside the UK will normally have a fee status of Overseas.

The tuition fee you will pay for the duration of your course are detailed on each specific course page under Course Fees.

For fees and funding support for overseas students:

Postgraduate

Scottish Student

Students who normally live in Scotland (excluding England, Wales, ROI, Northern Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey or the Isle of Man) will have a fee status of Scottish/Home Fee. The tuition fee you will pay for the duration of your course is detailed on each specific course page under Course Fees.

Rest of the UK students

Students who normally live in England, Wales, ROI, Northern Ireland, Jersey, Guernsey or the Isle of Man will have a fee status of RUK. Some of our courses may have a higher fee rate for RUK than the Scottish/EU fee rate. The tuition fee you will pay for the duration of your course is detailed on each specific course page under Course Fees.

EU/EAA and Swiss National Students

Students who normally live in in the EU/EEA or Switzerland will have a fee status of EU.

The tuition fee you will pay for the duration of your course are detailed on each specific course page under Course Fees.

International Students

Students who are nationals of a country outside the EU normally have a fee status of Overseas.

The tuition fee you will pay for the duration of your course is detailed on each specific course page under Course Fees.

For fees and funding support for overseas students:


Contact 

If you have any questions regarding our decision on your Fee Status, please contact the Student Admissions Office in the first instance. 


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