Confused about student finance? Watch
I've recently firmed St. Andrew's university, one of the deciding factors being that they classed my fee status as Home/EU and said that I would be eligible for the Scottish Government to pay for my tuition fees (which would be around £1820). This is because I hold an Irish citizenship as both my parents were born and raised in Ireland and never filed for British citizenship when they moved to London. I was born in London and have never lived anywhere else, and so never exercised the "right to settle" which is why when I rang SAAS, they told me I wasn't eligible for my tuition fees to be paid by them. I'm confused what to do now as the university and SAAS have contradicted one another and I'm terrified that if I try to apply through Student Finance England, I may end up with my tuition fees being £9250. The SAAS deadline is the 31st March so I'm also running out of time, what should I do?
Apply to SAAS for your tuition fees.
At the same time apply to SFE as a back up and just tick the box to say "the amount of fees the university charges"...this shouldn't be more than they promised when they assessed you as Home/EU (Scotland).
If SAAS approve your application then you're sorted (and so cancel the SFE application). If they don't approve it then you should be fine using SFE - student support regulations are managed by SFE/SAAS, tuition fee status is decided by the university. If St Andrews have made you an offer for the Scottish/EU level tuition fees then that's they're decision regardless of what the SAAS say.