Tuition fees - study in Scotland

If you are eligible, we will pay your tuition fees straight to your college or university. Your application is valid for one academic year only, so you must make sure you apply every year.

The amount of tuition fees we can pay will depend on what course you are studying. The 2017-2018 tuition fee rates are:

  • £1,285 for HNC and HND and any other sub-degree courses.
  • £1,820 for first degree or PGDE courses.
  • £2,895 for medicine degrees that commenced in 2011-2012 or earlier.
  • £1,205 for courses at private colleges.

More information about tuition fees can be found here.

Tuition fees - study elsewhere in the UK

You will have to pay up to £9,250 each year towards your tuition fees if you study at a publicly funded college or university in the UK (but not Scotland). You can apply to us for a student loan to pay part or all of your fees. Your application for a student loan to pay your tuition fees is only valid for one academic session, so you must make sure you apply every year. We may not be able to give you a loan to pay your tuition fees if you have done a course of higher education before or if you have to repeat a year of your course. Please see our previous study section for more details.

If you are not sure what fees your college or university will charge, you should check with them.

Tuition fees - study in Europe - Portability Pilot

Scottish domiciled students studying at eligible European universities can apply for the same bursary and loan support as students attending university in Scotland. This is part of a new pilot scheme introduced to encourage more Scottish students to study abroad.

Eligible students can apply to us for bursary and loan support. The amount of loan and bursary you will receive will depend upon your household income and whether you are a dependent or independent student. However, students taking up this opportunity do not apply to SAAS for the payment of their tuition fees. Instead, the tuition fee arrangements depend on which country you choose to study in.

As this is a pilot scheme, only students studying at approved universities will be eligible to apply to us for student support. The universities selected deliver a wide range of undergraduate course that are taught in English. The eligible universities for 2017-2018 are:

  • Groningen University, Netherlands Tuition fees approx. 1,850 (tuition fee loans available from the Dutch government)
  • Maastricht University, Netherlands - Tuition fees approx. 1,850 (tuition fee loans available from the Dutch government)
  • Malmo University, Sweden No tuition fees
  • Rhine Waal University, Germany No tuition fees (semester fee of approx. 239.62 which the student will have to self-fund)
  • Southern Denmark University, Denmark No tuition fees

For a short summary of the pilot please watch our video here.

Further information about the pilot can be found here.

Bursary and loan

The amount of bursary and student loan you can get will depend on the household income in your permanent home.

Bursary and loan details
Household income Bursary Loan Total
£0 to £18,999 £875 £6,750 £7,625
£19,000 to £23,999 £0 £6,750 £6,750
£24,000 to £33,999 £0 £6,250 £6,250
£34,000 and above £0 £4,750 £4,750

The funding available to the following groups of students may be different from the standard funding package above:

  • Students studying Medicine at St Andrews University
  • Students who are studying abroad
  • Students on a practical placement (sandwich course)
  • If you fall into one of the above categories you should refer to our guidance booklet for more information.

If you have received funding for a previous course then you may still be eligible for a loan.

You can find information about repaying your student loan here.

Living costs grants

There are living costs grants available to certain categories of students such as lone parents and those with dependants. Dependants can include other adults that students act as carers for. A separate funding package is available for eligible care experienced students entering higher education.

Disabled Students' Allowance

Extra help is available to you if you incur extra costs while you study because of a disability or learning difficulty. Further information on the type of funding available and eligibility criteria is available.

If you are applying for DSA for the first time or if your disability has changed significantly since you last applied, we will want you to have a needs assessment carried out. More information on how to apply and a list of assessment centres can be found here

NHS Dental Bursary Scheme

There is a Dental Bursary Scheme for eligible students studying a Dentistry (BDS) degree at a Scottish University who started their course prior to 2017-2018.

Students starting their degree from 2017-2018 may be eligible for a new Dental Student Support Grant (DSSG).  The DSSG will provide £4,000 per year, subject to eligibility, to those students who have an annual household income of less than £34,000 in return for a commitment to work in NHS Dentistry in Scotland following graduation. A dedicated page for the DSSG will be available in August on the mygov.scot website.  This will provide more information around eligibility and how to apply, and will include information for second degree students, who may be entitled to tuition fee support from the Scottish Government.

Other sources of funding

You may be eligible to apply for funding from other sources and we have prepared a guide which provides further information.