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Studying at college or university can be expensive, but SAAS are there to help. You just need to apply!

If you're going to college or university, there's a lot of costs involved - including tuition fees, accommodation, books and bills. The Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) offer a range of support to help but you don’t receive it automatically, you need to apply. Visit the SAAS website to register your new SAAS Account and get started!

What support is available?

The support you're entitled to will depend on your eligibility, circumstances, and where you are going to study, but could include:

  • Tuition fees paid for you, or a loan to cover the cost of your tuition.  Even if you only want your tuition fees paid, you still have to apply to SAAS. 
  • A bursary of up to £1875 (£7625 for care experienced students) 
  • A loan of up to £6750 to help with accommodation and living costs
  • Support for additional learning costs if you have a disability
  • Additional support for students in special circumstances such as those who are care experienced, lone parents, or are providing care

If you're a full-time student and want more information then check out the SAAS Undergraduate Funding Guide. 

If you are a Postgraduate student, you can apply to SAAS for funding if you are studying a course that SAAS fund and meet the residency criteria. If you are studying a full time course which SAAS fund, you can apply for a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 and a living cost loan of £4,500.

Part time postgraduate students can only apply for the tuition fee loan of £5,500 and this will be split between the amount of years you study.

If you're a postgraduate student and want more information check out the Postgraduate Funding Guide on the SAAS website. 

How will I receive my funding?

Your tuition fees will be paid directly to your college or university.  Any living costs support (such as a loan or bursary) will be paid directly into your bank account in installments once you've started your course.


I’m already a student so do I still have to apply? 

Yes.  Even if you applied last year, you still have to apply again to get tuitions fees and living costs support for your next year. 

If I get a loan, when will I have to pay it back?

You will not normally have to make any repayments while you're studying. You start repaying the student loan after you leave your course, and are earning over £18,330 a year.  

How can I get in touch with SAAS?

SAAS have extended their opening hours to support students with the registration process and will open 8:30am - 6:00pm from Monday 9 April 2018. They will also open over several weekends in the run up to the end of June 2018 and these dates will be available on their website nearer the time.

You can also follow SAAS on Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates, and check out the SAAS help channel on YouTube.