There's a lot of financial support available to help you fund your time at university – be that for course tuition fees or living costs. We’ve put together some information on funding below to help you start researching options. The main thing to remember…don’t delay, apply for financial support now!
You still have to apply to SAAS (Student Awards Agency for Scotland) to have your tuition fees paid every year though, so remember this! Applications open in April, but the deadline is 30 June to guarantee funding is in place. Find out more in the 2017-2018 SAAS Funding Guide.
You might still need to think about how you will cover your living costs whilst you are a university student – accommodation, food, transportation, study materials etc! You could apply for a bursary and a loan though SAAS to help with these costs. The amount you can receive depends on your household income, find out more here.
You may apply for money in the form of a bursary, to help with your costs whilst you are studying. The bursary is paid monthly and it is up to you what to spend it on. You do not have to pay a bursary back. If you think you can claim a bursary, you should apply!
What is a student loan?
You can apply to borrow money in the form of a loan to help you with your costs whilst you are studying. The loan is paid monthly and it is up to you what you spend it on. The important thing to remember is that it’s up to you to decide how much you want to borrow. For example, you might decide that you want to take a loan for your travel costs only and so you can decide on the amount. If you apply for a loan, you will have to repay it. You can find out more about student loan repayments here.
What is a SAAS Grant?
Some students may be able to apply for a living cost grant. People who may be eligible to receive a grant are lone parents, carers and care experienced students. Contact SAAS for more information.
Nursing & Midwifery Students
Information on funding arrangements for nursing and midwifery students can be found here.
Studying outside of Scotland
income-assessed loan of up to £9,000 a year.
The loan system to help with living costs works in exactly the same way as it would if you choose to go to university in Scotland. The only difference is if you come from a low income family, you can apply for the Students’ Outside of Scotland Bursary of up to £2,150. Again, this replaces part of the student loan, and you won’t have to repay it.
University scholarships and other sources of funding
We've put together some useful links below to help you begin your search.
Student Awards Agency for Scotland
SAAS is an agency of the Scottish Government giving financial support to eligible students doing a course of higher education in the UK.
Student Loans Company
Student Loans Company is a non-profit making, government-owned, organisation set up to provide loans and grants to students in universities and colleges in the UK.
Bursary advice from Scottish universities:
University of Aberdeen
University of Dundee
University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh Napier University
University of Glasgow
Glasgow Caledonian University
Glasgow School of Art
University of the Highlands and Islands
Queen Margaret University
Robert Gordon University
Royal Conservatoire Scotland
Scotland's Rural College
University of St Andrews
University of Stirling
University of Strathclyde
University of the West of Scotland
Other options to explore:
Uni Grants UK