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 2016-2017 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 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 2016-2017 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

This pilot scheme will run over three years, academic years 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 and 2016-2017, and will be evaluated throughout the three year intake. 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 studying a course which leads to a qualification that gives professional registration in one of the Allied Health Professions. These include speech and language therapy/pathology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, radiography (diagnostic imaging (degree only), diagnostic radiography, theraputic radiography), podiatry (chiropody), orthoptics, dietetics, prosthetics, orthotics and paramedics.
  • 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. There is also additional funding available for those leaving care to enter higher education. If your course requires you to undertake a period of paid placement, you will not be able to claim any living costs grants during this time.

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

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and the Scottish Government Health Department introduced a new Dental Bursary Scheme in 2006-2007 for all students studying a Dentistry (BDS) degree at Dundee and Glasgow University from second year onwards and for all 4 years of the graduate entry Dentistry degree at Aberdeen University.

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.