Undergraduate tuition fees
How and when to pay your fees
This page explains how and when you pay your tuition fees. For tuition fee figures, see the 'Fees and funding' tab of each programme in the course finder.
How and when you pay tuition fees depends on your residency status. This is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the 3 years before the start of your programme.
If you are not sure about your eligibility for tuition fees or financial support, please contact the student finance organisation in the country where you live.
International students can complete a fee status enquiry form, which allows us to assess your fees. Tuition fees are higher for international students, and the form allows us to assess whether you have a relevant connection to the UK that might positively influence your fee status. Guidance notes on applying for student support are available on the UKCISA website.
The tuition fee for each programme is usually paid for you by SAAS.
If you are a full-time student from Scotland and you satisfy the eligibility requirements, you will have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government through the Students Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). You must apply to SAAS for payment of your tuition fees each year, even if you are not applying for any other support.
Students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland
- For 2021 entry at Heriot-Watt, the variable tuition fee will be £9,250 per year for a BA/BSc/MA honours degree.
- The maximum level of the fee charged to students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales is regulated by the Government and is subject to increase. Heriot-Watt University reserves the right to increase fees in line with increased regulated fees to both new and continuing students.
Tuition fee loans
- Student loans for tuition fees are available for eligible students.
- If eligible, the Government will lend you the money to cover the full cost of tuition fees for every year of study. The loan is known as the Tuition Fee Loan.
- The Tuition Fee Loan is paid directly to the University by the government.
- You do not repay any of your tutition fee loan while you are studying
- You only start to pay back the loan when you are earning over £25,000 a year (England and Wales) or £18,330 (Northern Ireland).
- Repayment is based on what you earn, not what you owe.
- All outstanding debt is written off after 30 years (England and Wales) or 25 years (Northern Ireland).
- Government loans and grants are available.
The UK government website has a useful Student finance calculator that shows you how the Tuition Fee Loan repayment system works for students from England or Wales.
You may also be eligible for scholarships and bursaries from Heriot-Watt University to help pay for your fees and living costs.
European Union (EU) students
September 2020 entry (or earlier)
If you are from an EU country outside the UK and began your undergraduate degree programme in September 2020 or earlier, and you satisfy the eligibility requirements, you will have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government through the Students Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). You must apply to SAAS for payment of your tuition fees each year, even if you are not applying for any other support.
September 2021 entry
The UK voted to leave the European Union in 2016, and officially withdrew from the EU on 31 January 2020. This will have an impact on tuition fee arrangements for EU students enrolling from September 2021 (excluding students from the Republic of Ireland); most EU students will pay the same fees as other international students. For further information, please see our information for EU applicants.
- The tuition fee varies for each programme. Find your chosen programme using our course finder and refer to the 'Fees and funding' tab for the exact fee figure.
Tuition fees are higher for international students, so if you are unsure which category you fall in to, you should complete a fee status enquiry form, which allows us to assess whether you have a relevant connection to the UK that might positively influence your fee status. Guidance notes on applying for student support are available on the UKCISA website.
£1,000 deposit during COVID-19
Due to the current COVID-19 situation, we will now accept an initial £1,000 advance fee deposit instead of £4,000 to secure your place. This is a temporary arrangement and you will still have to pay the remaining £3000 before applying for a CAS/visa letter. This is a fully refundable amount.
The remaining tuition fee can be paid in six equal instalments after you have registered at the University.
How do I pay tuition fees?
Tuition fees paid by a sponsor or funding body
If your tuition fees are being paid by a sponsor, funding body or through a government Tuition Fee Loan, they will pay the fees to us directly.
Paying your own tuition fees
If you are paying some or all of your own tuition fees (i.e. if you are a 'self-financing student'), you are personally liable for your tuition fees and you must pay them no later than 30 days after the start of your programme.
You can pay your fees online and in other ways using our student service centre.
Our generous bursaries combined with the flexibility to enter your honours degree programme directly into Level 2 makes Heriot-Watt an attractive option for A-Level and other entrants from England, Northern Ireland or Wales.