Undergraduate study - 2018 entry

What financial support is available?

If you normally live in Scotland there are funds available to help you finance your time at university.

Photo of a female student studying in the ground floor library café

We’re committed to helping students of all ages and social backgrounds enter higher education and recruiting the best students regardless of financial situation.

What help is there?

  • we provide the most generous financial support package offered by any UK university to Scotland-domiciled students
  • you’ll usually be eligible to have your fees paid by the Scottish Government
  • you may be eligible for government student loans and bursaries
  • you do not have to pay back bursaries.

Government funding

If you’re studying full time for your first degree, you’ll usually be eligible to have your fees paid by the Scottish Government for your full period of study.

You must apply every year to the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid.

Student Awards Agency Scotland

You can also apply to SAAS for loans and bursaries to help you with your living costs.

What you will receive is dependent on your household income, the degree programme you are studying and where you live while you study.

You can apply online for both payment of your fees and living cost support in a single application to SAAS.

 

We awarded more than £9 million in undergraduate financial support in 2016/17.

Scotland Scholarship

The Scotland Scholarship is the most generous financial support package offered by any UK university to Scotland-domiciled students.

Worth up to £3,000 a year, it is available to undergraduates who receive a Young Students’ Bursary, an Independent Students’ Bursary, or a Care Experienced Student Bursary.

You do not need to apply for the Scotland Scholarship as we will use the level of government bursary provided to you through the Young Students' Bursary, the Independent Students' Bursary or the Care Experienced Student Bursary to assess your award entitlement.

We also offer a number of other awards to new full-time undergraduate students. You should apply for this financial support as early as possible after applying for admission.

Scotland Scholarship

The award has enabled me to feel more comfortable in my first year at university.  The bursary has allowed me to have some time to myself and to get more involved in university life.

Lewis AllanMBChB Medicine

Additional financial assistance

Additional funding is available for UK students with children and also for disabled students.

Financial assistance may also be available once you are here from the Discretionary Fund for UK Students.

Part-time study

If you are studying part time you may be eligible to apply for a part-time fee grant.