I'm a GCSE student legally classed as an English citizen ( being born there and living there for the last 15 years). I am currently 15 and will be siting my GCSEs next May (2018) . My mother is Scottish and my dad is English. We are considering me moving out on my own to Scotland, once I have sat my exams as I will be 16. At this point I would continue education in Scotland during my ( a-level / "college years") . Would I be entitled to free university in Scotland and if so what would the terms be ?
Moving to Scotland for only 2 years before uni (after your gcses) would probably mean you are not entitled to free uni in Scotland imo but can always check further eh.[/QUOTE]
If I delayed a year ie went at the age of 19 would this make a difference ?
If you are moving to Scotland then wait the three years to get free fees. get a job and save money would be the smart thing to do, unless ofc Labour got in and changed everything.
Looking at that PDF, there are a number of criteria:
1. You have to be 'ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for the three years immediately before the relevant date (the first day of the first academic year of the course).'
3. Be ordinarily resident in Scotland on the relevant date. We will not treat you as being ordinarily resident in Scotland if your main purpose in coming here has been to receive full- time education and that you would have otherwise been living elsewhere.
So based on that - you don't need to move to Scotland until, say, after the end of term at your school elsewhere in the UK so long as you can say convincingly that you're not just there for the education. As there are lots of reasons to be in Scotland, that shouldn't be too difficult. If you left it to the day before the course started, it would be harder.
The actual law involved is The Education (Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2011:
"s3 Relevant connection with Scotland
.. a post 2011/12 student has a relevant connection with Scotland if that post 2011/12 student — (a) is ordinarily resident in Scotland on the relevant date; (b) has been ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom and Islands throughout the period of 3 years immediately preceding the relevant date"
... unless a minister decides that you're only there for the education.
We have lived in England all our lives. For the past five years my son and daughter got jobs in Scotland and have been living and working there. They have both bought apartments there. My youngest daughter is doing her GCSE's in England. After GCSE my wife and daughter plan to move up to Scotland to be near rest of family. My daughter will do Scottish Highers there. I will stay in England as my job is here (till I retire soon) but periodically live in Scotland for as much as my employer will allow me to work from home. Could my daughter qualify for free university tuition?As far as I can see requirement is to be in UK for three years and in Scotland before the start of her course. There is also a requirement not to move up just to get free tuition, but in our case we are gradually shifting our family to Scotland. But then in this thread I read there is a requirement to live in Scotland for three years prior to start of university course. So I am a bit confused.