Student Funding

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Funding Explained

If you’re a Scottish student at a further education college in Scotland, you usually don’t pay fees. In addition, you can also receive help with the cost of studying, including living and travel costs, course materials and childcare. What you’re entitled to will depend on:

  • Where you live, i.e. your nationality and residency status.
  • Your course, e.g. above or below HNC level, full or part-time.
  • Your age at start date of the course.
  • Your personal circumstances, e.g. your income or spouse/parents’ income, marital status, number of dependents.

Some elements of funding are based on the household income. If you’re under 25, available income is based on your parents’ income.

Courses below HNC level are generally Levels 1 to 6 on The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF). Full-time courses at this level are funded through the FE Bursary. An HNC or above is Level 7 to 10 and is usually funded by SAAS

You need to apply for funding every year that you're attending College.

Your funding application will be assessed and you'll be issued with an award letter indicating your award and your payment dates. 

If you leave a HNC/D course, you should let SAAS know immediately so they can stop your payments.

Further Information

  • Our Money Management ezine has lots of helpful information on planning your finances while studying at City. 
  • The Scottish Government have created a new website, Student Information Scotland, which has information on all aspects of student funding in Scotland. It also has a useful budgeting tool.
  • Read our Funding FAQs.

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