It's important that you're getting all the funding you're entitled to. This section sets out main sources of funding for study, such as statutory funding from funding bodies such as the Student Awards Agency for Scotland, LEAs, Library Boards or Research Funding Councils. It also gives information on how to make an appeal to the Students Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).
This page covers statutory funding for full-time UK-domiciled students. To check your eligibility, go to the relevant country link below:
Apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). You must apply before 30 June including all necessary documents in order to have your funding in place in time for the start of semester. You do not have to have an unconditional offer in order to apply but you must upload your confirmation letter so SAAS can process your application.
There are changes to funding for 2016-17. Check the SAAS website for full information
In 2016-17 all first time students get:
Depending on your circumstances you may also be eligible for:
Repeat periods of study and second degrees
Special rules apply – check the SAAS website. Check Money from other sources for info on benefits, trusts and charities etc. too.
You must apply to SAAS each year for your tuition fees. You don't have to take any loan at all, but if you don't apply to SAAS, they will not pay your tuition fees.
English, Welsh and Northern Ireland Students
Funding is different from Scotland and depends on the year you started or will start your course. You must apply each year and most funding is given through loans. You will have to pay tuition fees but you can apply for a loan to cover this.
Nursing and Midwifery Students Bursary Scheme
The Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) handles applications for this scheme, which funds students on pre-registration nursing and midwifery courses.
Who can apply?
Generally anyone who has been 'ordinarily resident' in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man for the three years immediately before the first day of the first academic year of the course (the 'relevant date'). You must also be ordinarily resident in Scotland on the relevant date. Check the SAAS website for full details.
If you have already received funding for a Higher Education course, you may still be eligible.
What money can I get?
A bursary (£6578).
Small initial expenses allowance, 1st year only (£60).
Depending on your circumstances:
When do I apply?
You can apply to SAAS before you get your letter of acceptance from the University of Stirling. You should submit your application by 30 June including all necessary documents to ensure your funding is in place in time for the start of semester. When you have an unconditional offer of a place, send this in to SAAS so they can process your application.
Part-time evening Access Courses
Autumn Access Programme
You cannot apply for a student loan until you go on to a full degree course but you may be eligible for a small grant from the Student Assistance Fund. Check also the Money from other sources section.
Help with fees
Help with fees:
Help with Other Costs:
Money from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS)
You are not entitled to assistance with tuition fees or living costs. You must have sufficient funds in place before you start your course. This is a basic requirement for obtaining your visa to study in the UK.
Paying for your studies
If you normally live in Scotland, you will most likely qualify for funding from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). Funding for a full-time course is usually: fees (paid direct to the University), a student loan and maybe a bursary (which you don't have to repay) or a bursary (Nursing only). Find out more.
From 2017-2018, new and continuing care experienced students undertaking an eligible undergraduate course will be eligible to apply for a funding package of tuition fees and a non-income assessed Care Experienced Students Bursary from SAAS. The amount available in 2017-2018 is £7,625. This new bursary replaces the current income-assessed living cost loan and bursary package. As such, if you apply for and meet the criteria to receive the Care Experienced Bursary, you will not be eligible to apply for a student loan.
You may be eligible to claim the Care Experienced Student Bursary if:
For most students, who start in the autumn term, the relevant date is 1 August.
If you are part-time, you may qualify for a fees grant (paid to the University). Find out more.
If you are not sure about what funding you might get, please get in touch.
Your social work department may also help if you are still supported by them. There is the possibility that they may pay for your accommodation.
Other things to consider:
Children mean additional financial responsibility but you may be entitled to funding from various sources. Understanding the full range of possibilities and how and when to apply can help to maximise your income.
If you have been working full time before becoming a student, you may find it challenging to manage without a regular salary, even with relevant student funding. Money for parents may come from several sources and at different times throughout the year. This will make planning your budget difficult, but doing so is essential. Several websites offer helpful online tools when reviewing income and expenditure:
Download leaflet Students who have children.
Most full-time and some part-time students are eligible for exemption. Full details can be found here.
For information on the implications of withdrawing from your studies on any funding you have in place please click here.