EU students studying in Scotland will not normally have to pay tuition fees for full-time courses.

Students should apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for these fees to be paid. Application should be made online at from mid-April onwards. 

Students who miss the SAAS deadline date for payment of tuition fees will become liable for payment of the fee of £1,820 to the University.

An application MUST be submitted to SAAS each year.

Students who have successfully completed a degree with Government support from any EU member state will NOT be eligible to apply to SAAS for tuition fee support for any subsequent course at a similar or lower level and will be liable to pay the fee of £1,820 to the University. 

How to Pay

Loans, Bursaries & Maintenance Awards - EU

EU students are NOT eligible for any student loans, bursaries or maintenance awards from SAAS.

Students from Ireland may be eligible for a maintenance award from Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI)

Students from other EU countries should contact their own education authority/government to enquire about any possible financial assistance.

Short Term Emergency Loans

You can apply to the University for an Emergency Loan if you suddenly find yourself in financial difficulty.

As these funds are extremely limited, the maximum loan that can be made is capped at £600.

Short-term emergency loans are available on a discretionary basis to assist students with an immediate financial crisis.

Short-term emergency loans are not grants and must be repaid nor are they a solution to long term underfunding or cash-flow problems.

You should familiarise yourself with the following terms and conditions before applying for an emergency loan:

  • Emergency loans are only issued to students registered on a Full Time Course
  • Emergency loans are only issued for essential maintenance costs such as food; travel to and from University, essential medical costs and essential consumables/toiletries.
  • Emergency loans will not be issued to fund tuition fees, library fines or any other fines which could have been avoided.
  • If you are in the final year of your course you are not eligible to apply for an emergency loan after your course end date regardless of graduation date.
  • Additional information may be requested to support your application.

Application Process

You can apply for a short-term emergency loan by attending a drop in session at the Student HelpPoint in Garthdee on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10am – 1pm, or contacting Student Finance outwith these times.


Short-term emergency loans are interest free. A repayment date will be agreed during the meeting, taking into account when future income is expected. It may be possible to set up a repayment plan.

Students who fail to repay an emergency loan may:

  • experience registration delays
  • be refused future loans
  • be referred to the University's External Debt Collection Agency to recover the outstanding sum and this may adversely affect your credit rating. You will also be liable for any additional recovery costs.


At RGU we recognise that being a student can be expensive.

That's why we offer a range of scholarships. Winning a scholarship can be an easy way of boosting your income, leaving you free to concentrate on your studies. It’s also an excellent way to gain practical experience through the industry mentoring and placement opportunities which many of our corporate scholarships offer.


Fully Funded Places

Robert Gordon University is pleased to announce a limited number of full-time MSc places, where the tuition fees are funded by The Data Lab, for courses starting September 2019.

We have free places funded by The Datalabwhich aims to develop the data science talent and skills required by industry in Scotland. 

To be eligible, applicants must have either been assessed or considered in relation to Fee Status as either a Scottish or EU fee payer.

Places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis to suitable candidates who have made an application in and for the current intake. Further conditions with regard to offer and acceptance funding will be detailed in your funding letter.

Places are available to eligible students on two taught postgraduate programmes. 

To find out more, contact


Universities UK International have produced a useful video explaining fees, funding and visa requirements for students from the EU that want to study in the UK in 2019-20.

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