Apply for the appropriate funding for your course
Different sources of funding are available to students so it's important to ensure that you apply as early as possible for the funding appropriate to your level of course and mode of study. Don't wait until you have an unconditional offer of a place on a course to make application for funding. It is sufficient to have a conditional offer.
- Students on Higher National Certificate and Higher National Diploma (advanced level) should apply to SAAS for their fees and for the Student Loan. (see below)
- Students on FE (non-advanced level) courses - SWAP, Higher Studies, Intermediate 1, Intermediate 2, NC, NQ NCGA, - should apply for a College Bursary and/or EMA.
The Scottish Government have published information on student funding which is available from www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Education/UniversitiesColleges/
Supply all the relevant documents
- You are making application to the correct funding body
- You are making application on the correct form
All sections of the application form are completed in full
All supporting paperwork and evidence is submitted with your application (originals, if requested)
- Your application is submitted in good time - BEFORE ANY DEADLINE - which could be as early as 6 weeks from the start date of your course
August and September are very busy months for the College Bursary Office, SAAS and the Student Loans Co. If you leave it until August or September to apply, it could take up to 6 weeks or more for your application to be processed.
Even for those students who apply early, the student funding is not paid immediately on the day you enrol so you should plan to have some savings to cover your living and travel expenses until your first payment comes through. If you have applied on or after the start date of your course, you may apply for an Advance Loan but this money must be repaid as soon as your student funding comes through.
Bursary OfficerSouth Lanarkshire College, College Way, East Kilbride G75 0NE
Tel: 01355 807780
Fax: 01355 807781
Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS)Gyleview House, 3 Redheughs Rigg, Edinburgh EH 12 9HH
Tel: 0845 556 6598
Disabled Student Allowance: www.yourdsa.com/
Student Loans Company100 Bothwell Street, Glasgow G2 7JD
Tel: 0141-306 2000 Fax: 0141-306 2005
Citizen's AdviceCitizens Advice Scotland is now delivering face-to-face Money Advice Sessions across Scotland on behalf of the Money Advice Service. Their aim is to help people take charge and stay in control of their money.
Student Services staff can help you book a money advice session - just ask in the Advice Centre or contact them directly through the details on the logo link.
Higher Education & Learner SupportThe Scottish Government, 5 Atlantic Quay, 6th Floor, Glasgow G2 8LU Email: firstname.lastname@example.org