Hundreds of students who have come to Scotland as migrants may be eligible for free tuition in future, due to a landmark legal ruling. The Scottish government will now extend free tuition support, as of the 2023/24 academic year, to students living in Scotland who have been in the UK for three years and have been granted leave to remain. Unaccompanied children who are asylum seekers and the children of asylum seekers will also be able to apply for free tuition in higher or further education. In 2022, the Court of Session ruled that the human rights of Iraq-born Ola Jasim, 20, were breached when, applying to study medicine in 2020, she was told that she was 58 days short of the required residency. Following the legal ruling, the Scottish government agreed to cover her tuition for the previous year and going forward.

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