General residence conditions for funding

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There are three basic conditions you need to fulfil in order to be eligible for fees and funding from the College or SAAS.  You must:

  • be ordinarily resident in Scotland and living here on the relevant date; AND
  • have been ordinarily resident in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man for 3 years or more immediately before the relevant date; AND
  • if you are not a UK or EU national, you must be settled in the UK with no restrictions on remaining in the UK (for example, having British citizenship or Indefinite Leave to Remain).
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Relevant date

Relevant date

The relevant date for further education courses is the start date of the course.  This is the date the course starts rather than the date you start the course.

The relevant date for higher education courses is the first day of the first academic year of a course.  For those who start a course in the autumn term, the relevant date is 1 August for the first year you start the course.

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Ordinary residence

Ordinary residence

Ordinary residence is ‘habitual and normal residence in once place’.  It basically means that, throughout a set period, you and your parents or spouse, civil partner or partner live in a country year after year by choice, apart from temporary or occasional absences such as holidays or business trips.  Living in a country totally or mainly for the purpose of receiving full-time education does not count as being ordinarily resident in that country.  If you are not an ordinary resident of Scotland, you may not be eligible to all the funds we mention.

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Students from Orkney or Shetland

Students from Orkney or Shetland

If you normally live in Orkney or Shetland, funding for further education courses is available from your respective local authorities education department for further education bursary, however, you are eligible for Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) and should apply to the College’s Student Support Funds.

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Students from the rest of the UK

Students from the rest of the UK

Students from the rest of the UK (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) and the Islands, unless you can show that you meet all of the above residence conditions and are not here for the purposes of education, are unlikely to be funded by College or SAAS funds.  You should consult the appropriate funding body in the relevant part of the UK and Islands from where you last lived, to see if any student support is available for you to study in Scotland.  If we think this will apply to you, we will ask you for evidence of your refusal of funding from the education authority where you last lived. 

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Family members of serving HM Forces personnel

Family members of serving HM Forces personnel

If you are resident in Scotland because your parent/stepparent/guardian/partner/spouse is a member of HM Forces who has been posted to a Scottish military base, you are not necessarily ordinarily resident in Scotland.  Only where your family member enlisted for their term of duty in a Scottish Recruitment Centre will you be eligible for support from SFC or SAAS funds.  If we think this will apply to you, we will ask you for evidence of your family member’s enlistment. 

Find out more about funding for family members of HM Armed Forces

Students who don’t meet the general residence criteria content

Students who don’t meet the general residence criteria

Students who don’t meet the general residence criteria

You may still be eligible for funding in certain circumstances.  Funding may be available to you if you are a:

  • UK national or your family member who has returned to the UK to live or study, who currently live or have lived in another EU member state, the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland
  • UK national who was born in and have spent the greater part of your life in the UK
  • UK national returning from temporary employment or study outside the UK
  • EEA or Swiss migrant worker/self-employed or frontier worker or your family member
  • refugee or their spouse, civil partner or child/stepchild
  • person granted exceptional leave to enter or remain, Humanitarian Protection or Discretionary Leave in the UK, as the result of an asylum claim, or are your spouse, civil partner, child or stepchild
  • Syrian national who has come to the UK under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme
  • Iraqi national who has been given indefinite leave to enter the UK under the Iraqi Direct Entry Scheme (also known as the Locally Engaged Staff Assistance Scheme (LESAS))
  • Afghan national who has been given Leave to Enter under the Locally Employed Staff (LES) scheme
  • person been granted leave to remain as a Stateless Person
  • person under 18 and has been granted temporary protection in the UK
  • dependent child of a Swiss national
  • dependent child of a Turkish worker
  • person who is under 18 and has lived in the UK throughout the 7 year period before the relevant date
  • person who is 18 or over and has lived in the UK throughout a period of 20 years or at least half your life

You'll need to prove your status as one of the above when you apply for the funding. Please give details of which of the above criteria applies to you when you complete the application to speed up the assessment process.  If you're unsure if you're eligible, you should contact us as you may be liable to pay your own tuition fees.