Higher education funding for Scottish resident students
Funding opportunities for higher education Scottish students is different depending on if you will be studying an undergraduate or postgraduate course.
Eligible undergraduate students do not pay tuition fees for higher education courses but you will need to apply for this funding through SAAS.
Funding for full time courses
Students who normally live in Scotland and are studying a course at SCQF level 7 and above must apply to the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for their fees and/or a bursary, tuition fees are not automatically paid to SRUC. You can also choose to take out a student loan for living costs. You need to apply for the funding on the SAAS website for each year of your course.
Funding for part time courses
Students living in Scotland and undertaking a part time course may be eligible for tuition fee support from SAAS. To receive funding, you need to study an eligible course, meet our residence criteria, earn an average gross income (before tax and National Insurance) of £25,000 a year or less, including bonuses and overtime, and have left full time compulsory education, such as high school.
If you are a Scottish postgraduate student you may be eligible to apply to SAAS for a tuition fee loan. The SAAS website is the best place to start your investigation into this potential source of funding.
Some of our postgraduate courses are awarded by The University of Edinburgh or the University of Glasgow so be sure to check their funding pages to see if you're eligible for funding through them.
Finally, specific funding opportunities available for your chosen course of study at SRUC may also be found within our course catalogue.
Postgraduate funding with the University of Edinburgh
Find out more about postgraduate funding with The University of Edinburgh.
Postgraduate funding with The University of Glasgow
Find out more about postgraduate funding with The University of Glasgow.
Whether you're studying an undergraduate or postgraduate course, you may also be eligible for these funding support programmes:
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 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.
All young people and children aged 5-21 years are 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’).
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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