All eligible* full-time undergraduate students enrolling in 2019-20 will have their tuition fees paid by the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS), The Scottish Government confirm that EU nationals choosing to study in Scotland, enrolling in  2019-20 will not have their fees status changed during their courses.

On 19th April 2019, the Scottish Government confirmed it would meet the cost of tuition fees for eligible EU students starting their course in 2020-21, for the duration of the course.  The commitment to provide tuition to EU students in academic year 2020-21 extends to all eligible EU nationals and associated groups, on eligible further education, higher education and postgraduate courses that currently attract tuition fee support from the Scottish Government.


You are considered an eligible* student if:

  • You are studying full-time
  • You are applying at degree level for the first time
  • You are ordinarily resident in the EU (not including England, Northern Ireland, or Wales)

*Please note there may be other factors which could influence your eligibility other than the three listed above. For further information please contact SAAS directly.

As a prospective student of RCS, you are responsible for applying to SAAS, and as such must heed any deadline they set, or risk not receiving any tuition support. You are advised to apply as soon as possible and not wait for an unconditional offer. You should apply to SAAS for payment of tuition fees on an annual basis even if you are not applying for any other means of support.

Undergraduate students from the EU are not eligible to apply for a UK student loan.



All EU students who meet the SAAS residency criteria can apply for a tuition fee loan only.

For more information visit the SAAS website


Erasmus+ Masters Loan Scheme

The Erasmus+ Master Loan Scheme is available to students from Spain and Turkey who choose to come to the UK to study for a UK Master’s degree.   Under the scheme, students can receive up to EUR 12,000 for a one-year Master’s course and up to EUR 18,000 for a two-year Master’s course. The European Commission has made sure that these loans are offered at favourable terms.


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