This page explains how and when you pay your tuition fees. If you are looking for the tuition fee figures, you will find these listed in the 'Fees and funding' tab of each programme in the online prospectus.

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.

Residency is a complicated issue; if you have any doubts at all about your eligibility for tuition fees or financial support you should 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.

Fees for students from Scotland

  • 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.

Fees for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales

  • Please see the online prospectus for tuition fees for each programme.
  • 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.

It is important to note that:

  • No tuition fees are paid upfront or while you are studying.
  • 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 only start to pay back the loan when you are earning over £21,000 a year (England) or £15,795 (Northern Ireland). (Wales to be confirmed.)
  • Repayment is based on what you earn not what you owe.
  • All outstanding debt is written off after 30 years.
  • Government loans and grants are available.

BBC News 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.

Fees for students from the EU (outside the UK)

  • The tuition fee for each programme is usually paid for you by SAAS.

If you are from an EU country 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.

Read our latest update for applicants on the impact of the EU Referendum.

Fees for international students (outside the EU)

  • The tuition fee varies for each programme; you should refer to your programme information in the online prospectus.
  • If you are from a country outside the European Union, you will pay the tuition fee specified alongside the your chosen programme in the online prospectus.

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.

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 using our Online Payments system.