Discretionary and childcare funds

Discretionary and Childcare Funds are provided by SAAS each year and are administered by each partner. Please talk to student support staff at your partner for more information on your eligibility for these and other sources of funding.

If, like many of our students, you have dependent children who require childcare while you study, there may be help towards the cost through the Childcare Fund. At some UHI campuses there may be local childcare provision.

SAAS Childcare Fund

Support from the Childcare Fund is available for eligible full-time students and is aimed at assisting with the cost of childcare. The care must be with a registered childcare provider e.g. childminder, nursery or after school club. The Childcare Fund is an income-assessed non-repayable grant. Unfortunately, this fund is not available to postgraduate students or part- time undergraduate students, however, part-time undergraduate students may be eligible for financial help from the Discretionary Fund.

SAAS Discretionary Fund (for financial hardship)

This fund is an income-assessed, non-repayable grant for eligible students who can provide evidence of financial hardship. Students who have not taken out the full student loan and any other support to which they are entitled are not eligible to be considered for this fund. There are normally maximum amounts which can be allocated from this fund to an individual student.

It should be noted that the Discretionary Funds are there to assist students whose access to, or continuation in, education may be inhibited by financial considerations, or where students, for whatever reasons, including physcial or other disability, face financial difficulties.

Students in receipt of a Nursing and Midwifery Student Bursary are not eligible for assistance from the Discretionary Fund.

Full-time, part-time and postgraduate students (both taught and research) may apply to the Discretionary Fund.

Making an application

An application form for 2018/19 can be downloaded here or you can get one from your local college or research institution.

Please note that applications can only be made using an online form via your HUB/Student Journey account at the following colleges:

  • Argyll College UHI
  • Inverness College UHI
  • Lews Castle College UHI
  • Moray College UHI
  • North Highland College UHI
  • Perth College UHI
  • West Highland College UHI

Applications must be made at the UHI college or research institution where you are enrolled, or online via your HUB/Student Journey if that is one of the colleges listed above.

Your local student support team will provide help and advice in completing your application, and further details can be found by accessing the links below;

Argyll College UHI

Highland Theological College UHI

Inverness College UHI

Lews Castle College UHI

Moray College UHI

NAFC Marine Centre

North Highland College UHI

Orkney College UHI

Perth College UHI

Sabhal Mor Ostaig

Scottish Association for Marine Science

Shetland College UHI

West Highland College UHI

Further information