Accommodation bursaries are available to assist Scotland domiciled students with living costs during their undergraduate study. This bursary scheme reflects the University's commitment to widening access to Scotland domiciled students.
The Scotland Accommodation Bursary provides one of the most generous bursary support to Scotland-domiciled students. Bursaries of between £500 and £2,000 are being offered to Scotland domiciled undergraduate students.
Bursaries will be awarded to eligible students who begin their undergraduate degree in the 2015-2016 academic session and who are in receipt of a Young Students' Bursary (YSB) or an Independent Students' Bursary (ISB) from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).
There is no application form for the Scotland Accommodation Bursary. The University will use the level of government bursary provided through the Young Students' Bursary or an Independent Students' Bursary when assessing your bursary entitlement.
To be automatically assessed for a Scotland Accommodation Bursary you must apply to be financially assessed by SAAS and be awarded a YSB or ISB before 31 March 2016. Students who are not awarded a YSB or ISB by 31 March will not receive a Scotland Accommodation Bursary in that academic session.
You are guaranteed to receive an accommodation bursary for every year of your degree programme that you receive a YSB or ISB.
|Government Bursary||Level of Government Bursary||Scotland Accommodation Bursary|
|Young Students' Bursary||£1,750||£2,000|
|Independent Students' Bursary||£750||£2,000|
How do I know if I am eligible to receive a Scotland Accommodation Bursary?
The bursary is available to full-time undergraduate students who usually, at the time of application, live in Scotland. You should satisfy the eligibility criteria to receive a guaranteed offer of University accommodation. You should also be starting your undergraduate degree in the 2015-2016 session and be in receipt of a YSB or ISB.
How do I apply for a bursary?
In order to be automatically assessed for a Scotland Accommodation Bursary you must apply to be financially assessed by the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). When you make your application for student finance you must opt for means assessment.
When will I receive written confirmation of my bursary?
Bursary award letters, confirming the level of your Scotland Accommodation Bursary, will be issued as soon as we receive confirmation from SAAS that you have been awarded a YSB or ISB award.
When and how will my bursary be paid?
If you are in University Accommodation the bursary will be paid directly to Accommodation Services. If you are in private accommodation we will pay the bursary in to your bank account. Payment will be made in two equal instalments in October 2015, once you have enrolled and your attendance has been confirmed, and in January 2016.
I am a part-time student, am I eligible to receive a Scotland Accommodation Bursary?
No. The bursary is only available to students studying full-time and who meet all the other eligibility criteria.
I am going to be undertaking a second undergraduate degree. Am I eligible for a bursary?
No. Second first degree students are not eligible for a Scotland Accommodation Bursary as they will not be eligible for support from SAAS and so will not be means assessed.
If I have to repeat a year of study, will I be eligible to receive the bursary?
If you are repeating a full year of study and SAAS award you a YSB or ISB then you will be eligible for a bursary providing that you meet all the other eligibility criteria.
I am a continuing enrolled student - am I eligible for a bursary?
If you started your degree prior to the 2013-2014 academic session then you will not be eligible to receive a bursary as this bursary scheme assists students who started their programme of study from the 2013-2014 session onwards.
I am going to be studying on the one year Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) programme. Am I eligible for the bursary?
While you will be eligible to apply to SAAS for student finance support, you will not be eligible for the Scotland Accommodation Bursary as the PGDE is a postgraduate diploma qualification. The Scotland Accommodation Bursary is only available to eligible undergraduate programmes.
SAAS re-assessed me in April and subsequently awarded me a bursary. Can I also get the Scotland Accommodation Bursary?
Students who are awarded a YSB or ISB after 31 March cannot receive a Scotland Accommodation Bursary for that academic session. However, assuming their circumstances remain the same and they meet all other eligibility criteria, they would be eligible to receive a Scotland Accommodation Bursary in the following academic session.
This article was published on Oct 15, 2014