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Funding

Thinking about your finances is important when you're looking at courses as some courses are not always free. 

Different types of funding support is available depending on what kind of course you're interested in and we're here to help you find the best option for you. 

Full-time study in further education

If you're planning on going to college to study a further education course, then funding might be available through the college. Further education courses can cover:

  • National 4
  • National 5
  • Highers
  • National certificates
  • National Qualifications

The level of funding, and whether you're eligible for it, depends on your circumstances. The best thing to do is contact your college and speak to the funding office. They'll be able to give you advice on what's available and how to apply. 

If you're aged 16 to 19, you may be eligible for an Educational Maintenance Allowance.

Full-time study in higher education

If you're planning to study full-time in higher education, SAAS (Student Awards Agency Scotland) provides funding, including tuition fees, bursaries and loans. 

You need to apply to SAAS in each year of your course and there's lots of helpful information on their website that we've highlighted.

Part-time study

Funding for part-time students works slightly differently.

Part-time study in further education

For part-time further education students, funding might be available through the college. Further education courses can cover:

  • National 4
  • National 5
  • Highers
  • National certificates
  • National Qualifications

You should get in touch with the funding office at the college. 

Part-time study in higher education

For higher education, you may be able to apply for a part-time fee grant from SAAS. Find out from SAAS if you're eligible for funding and how much you can get as a part-time undergraduate or postgraduate student studying in Scotland.

Studying abroad

If you're interested in studying abroad, you may be eligible for funding. Find out about the different international opportunities and funding from sources we've pulled together.