Information for parents

All funding except the following depends on the level of a student’s household income.

  • Tuition fees in Scotland
  • Tuition fee loan outside Scotland
  • Non income assessed part of the student loan (£4,750)
  • The Disabled Students' Allowance

Household income includes a student's parents', step-parents' and parent's partner’s gross income or taxable profit (if self employed or income from property) for the financial year two years prior to the current academic session. For example, for session 2017-2018 we will use their income for the period 6 April 2015 to 5 April 2016.

The Funding available area explains what funding your son/daughter can apply for if they study a full-time undergraduate course. The Information we need section tells you what information and documents you need to send to us. The Changes in income option explains what you need to do if your income is reduced, after your son/daughter has sent us their application for funding.

A student is classed as independent and we do not require income from parents if the student meets any of the following :

  • Are over 25 before the start of the academic year we are assessing them for
  • Have a dependent child of any age at the start of the academic year we are assessing you for
  • Have self supported from earnings or benefits outside full-time education for any three years before the first day of the first academic year of their course.
  • Are married, in a civil partnership or living with a partner before the start of the academic year we are assessing them for

If your son/daughter is married, in a civil partnership or living with a partner, we will use the income of their spouse, civil partner or partner.

Further information is available on being assessed as an independent student.

Third parties (for example, parents, spouses and student advisers) on occasion contact SAAS to ask for information about funding on behalf of a student. If questions from third parties are of a general nature about the provisions of student support there is no problem in discussing these matters. However, the Data Protection Act prevents us from discussing a particular student's circumstances such as details of their funding, loans, settled/asylum status or debt recovery. For legal reasons we are unable to provide this information and will only discuss this directly with the student themselves.