Funding

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It's important to plan how you will finance your studies well in advance of starting your course.

Funding sources available to you depend, in the first instance, on where you come from, but also include funding for disabled students and part-time students.

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Undergraduate students from Scotland

Undergraduate students from Scotland

Residents of Scotland studying on undergraduate programmes in Scotland normally have their fees paid by the Students Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). SAAS also provides access to student loans and a range of other support – Young Students' Bursary, Independent Students' Bursary, Additional Loan and Supplementary Grants.

Read the SAAS Funding Guide to find out more about eligibility criteria for funding support.

Nursing students

You can find details of the specific funding available to Nursing and Midwifery students.

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Students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland

If you are classed as being ordinarily resident in England, Wales or Northern Ireland, you will be required to pay tuition fees for each year of your course. Read about our RUK fees here.

You will be entitled to take out an additional student loan to cover tuition costs, and this will be repaid, along with any other student loans, once you have graduated.  The amount you pay back depends upon the date you started your studies.  Please visit Student Finance England, Student Finance NI, or Student Finance Wales for further information on what you would pay back.

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Students from countries in the EU/EEA

Students from countries in the EU/EEA

If you are from a country in the EU/EEA and your main reason for coming to Scotland is to study, you can apply to the Students Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government. This will cover the duration of your course, including continuous study with us if you choose to start with an HNC/D and progress to honours degree.

As the UK has now left the EU, the Scottish Government has announced that this tuition fee support will come to an end for student starting in 2021/22 and beyond. Further information on changes to tuition fees and additional scholarship support for EU students at this stage will be made available as soon as possible.

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International students

International students

If you are from a country outside the EU/EEA it is likely that you will be classed as an international student and will have to pay international student fees. You can also contact SAAS to find out if you are eligible for any funding.

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Disabled students

Disabled students

Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) funding can be used to cover additional study-related expenses that arise specifically as a result of your disability. It is available to full-time Higher Education students and part-time students studying at least 50% of a full-time equivalent higher education course.

Student services staff at your enrolling campus can advise you on the DSA process and the appropriateness of making an application to your funding body. Further information is available from our DSA page.

If you have a disability or additional support need please contact the campus where you plan to be/are enrolled as soon as possible, where student services staff will be pleased to discuss your requirements.

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Funding for part-time students

Funding for part-time students

If you are a Scottish student studying part time on an undergraduate programme in Scotland may be eligible to have your fees paid by the Students Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS), through the part-time fee grant.

Read the SAAS part-time funding guide to find out more about who qualifies for this funding support.

You can get up to £200 towards the cost of a training course with an SDS Individual Training Account (ITA).

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Taught postgraduate students from Scotland and the EU/EEA

Taught postgraduate students from Scotland and the EU/EEA

Funded places

We have a limited number of funded places available for full-time, Scottish or EU fee status students. These places are funded by the European Social Fund and Scottish Funding Council as part of Developing Scotland’s Workforce in the Scotland 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Fund Programmes.

Loans

Eligible Scotland domiciled students studying full time for any taught postgraduate course up to full Masters level can access loans up to 10,000 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). This comprises a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living cost loan of £4,500. EU students studying full time can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5,500. As the UK has now left the EU, the Scottish Government has announced that the tuition fee loan opportunity will come to an end for students starting in 2021/22 and beyond. Further information on changes to tuition fees and additional scholarship support will be made available as soon as possible.

Part-time students undertaking any taught postgraduate course over two years up to Masters level who meet the residency eligibility can apply for a for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year. Part time students are not eligible for living cost loans.

Full details can be found on the SAAS website. Applications for loans open in April.

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Postgraduate support - rest of the UK students

Postgraduate support - rest of the UK students

Masters

If you are from the rest of the UK and meet the eligibility requirements you may be able to apply for tuition fee and living cost support from the relevant student finance department :

Doctoral

If you are starting a doctoral degree and live in England or Wales, you could get a Postgraduate Doctoral Loan to help with course fees and living costs :

 

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Scholarships and bursaries

Scholarships and bursaries

Various scholarships, discretionary funds and bursaries are available to our students throughout the academic year.