If you are a first degree student and ordinarily resident in Scotland, you are eligible for your tuition fees to be covered by the Scottish Government.
For the 2013-2014 academic session there are not expected to be an upfront tuition fees for full-time Scottish students entering a higher education institution in Scotland.
Full-time Scottish domiciled students and non-UK EU students must apply for the payment of their tuition fees. You will need to complete an online application by the required deadline with the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).
You can make your funding application from April 2013 onwards. We advise you to make your application early to ensure that your funding is in place for the start of the session.
For more information on tuition fees see the SAAS website.
Student loans are the main source of support towards living costs.
In 2013-2014 the maximum loan available to dependent students will be £5,500 and for independent students it will be £6,500.
The maximum non income-assessed loan has been increased to £4,500.
Bursaries are non-repayable grants made available to some students for living cost support. These replace part of the student loan and do not have to be paid back.
In 2013-2014 a Young Students’ Bursary of up to £1,750 is available for those students whose household income is up to £16,999. This reduces to £1,000 for those with a household income below £24,000, and £500 below £34,000.
In 2013-2014 an Independent Students' Bursary of up to £750 is available for those students whose household income is up to £16,999.
Eligibility criteria for these bursaries can be found on the SAAS website.
Students eligible for a loan or bursary for living costs should apply to SAAS. They will confirm the amount each student is entitled to.
You must apply to SAAS every year you are studying if you want help with paying your fees.
This article was published on Oct 24, 2012