Eligible FE Scottish students do not need to pay for their tuition fees on a further education course. Additionally, there are a number of funding opportunities available to help with other costs involved in studying with us.

Full-time students

Eligible full-time students from Scotland do not need to pay for their tuition fees on a further education course.

There are two main funds that provide assistance to full time Further Education students:

  • Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)
  • Further Education Bursary Fund

More information on both of these is below.

You will need to apply for this funding through an online funding application system. If you have sent us your acceptance for a place on a course, you will be sent an email with a link to your online funding application by end of May.

To support your application, you will need to upload evidence. To find out what evidence you will need, you can download the required documents guide.

For more information on these sources of funding, you can download the Bursary Fund and EMA conditions of award document


Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)

If you are under 18 years old at the start date of your course, then an EMA is available based on your household income. You will also receive help with travel expenses and essential course materials. If your household income is below £24,421 (£26,884 if there is more than one child in full time education) you could receive £30 per week to help with your living costs. You do not need to pay an EMA back. If you turn 18 years old during your course, you will remain on EMA.

Further Education Bursary Fund

The bursary, for students 18 years or older, is made up of tuition fees, protective clothing for your course, maintenance and travel expenses. Bursary rates depend on student age, household income and personal circumstances, which will need to be proven with evidence.

Part-time students

If you are studying part time, you will be expected to pay tuition fees and other costs. However, some students may qualify for a fee waiver if you are on a low income or receive certain benefits.

Students on a part time course who are under 18 may be eligible for EMA.

Additional funding

Whether you're studying full-time or part-time, you may also be eligible for these funding support programmes:

Discretionary Fund

The purpose of the Discretionary Fund is to assist students who endure financial difficulties while attending college. It is used mostly to assist students who have their own accommodation and require assistance in paying their housing costs and associated expenses.

Childcare funding

Childcare funds are designed to provide financial assistance to students whose entry to, or continuation of, their chosen course at SRUC may be inhibited by the cost of childcare. 

Travel expenses

Travel expenses may be paid if you are a further education student and live more than two miles from campus and are studying at a NC level or below. All young people and children aged 5-21 years are also entitled to free bus travel.

Care experienced students

Students who have been in care at any time may be eligible for a Care-experienced Bursary. The term 'care-experienced' refers to anyone who has experienced a certain form of care in their life (sometimes known as having been ‘looked after’).

Student bursaries

We offer a variety of additional funding opportunities to encourage and support engaged students, passionate about their subject area, to maximise their potential and study at SRUC.

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