What financial help can you get?
If you live in Scotland and choose to study full-time at a Scottish university or college, you will not have to pay tuition fees. But, this is not automatic – you need to apply to the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid for you.
Scottish students who wish to study elsewhere in the UK will be charged the standard tuition fees for their chosen course provider, but may apply for a Tuition Fee Loan to cover the costs through SAAS.
Part-time students with an individual income of up to £25,000 per year can apply for a Part-time Fee Grant (PTFG). The amount paid depends on your course.
Student loan and bursaries
You can apply for a bursary and loan to help with living costs.
The student loan (repayable) is means tested. There are different levels of support available, if you are applying as a dependent or independent student, and you don’t need to have a confirmed offer of a place at uni to start the process.
Bursaries (non-repayable) are means tested using either your parents’ income, or your own household income if you are an independent student, and are available to Scottish students studying anywhere in the UK. Three bursaries are available:
- The Young Student’s Bursary (YSB) is an annual payment for students aged 25 or younger who are classed as ‘dependent’.
- The Independent Student's Bursary (ISB) is an annual payment for independent students.
- Scottish-domiciled paramedic, nursing and midwifery students may also apply for a non-income-assessed bursary for qualifying full-time courses at a Scottish university or college.
If studying abroad is a compulsory part of your course and is not a paid placement– you can claim certain travel costs.