Applying For The Right Funding

There are different sources of funding depending on the course you do and your circumstances.

Apply as early as possible

Apply as soon as you receive a conditional or unconditional offer.

Types of funding

  • The student finances flowchart shows which type of funding to apply for.
  • Do get in touch with us if you need any advice. We’re here to help. You can contact us at or by phone on 01355 807780.
  • Also check out our Money Matters booklet which tells you about different funding sources including full-time tuition fee support and international tuition fee charges.

Students on Further Education (FE) courses

Levels 1 to 6 on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF).

Students on FE non-advanced courses – SWAP, Higher Studies, National 3, 4 and 5, SCQF Level 4, 5 and 6, City & Guilds, SVQ 2 and 3 and NC – should apply for a Further Education (FE) bursary or Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA).

More information on funding for FE courses.

Students on Higher Education (HE) courses

Levels 7 to 11 on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF).

Students on HE advanced courses – Higher National Certificate (HNC) and Higher National Diploma (HND) – should apply directly to the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for tuition fees, bursary support for young and independent students, student loans and any supplementary grants. Apply online at

More information on funding for HE courses.