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We want to make your funding journey as easy as possible so that you don’t have money worries when you start your course. We can help advise you on all aspects of student funding, from Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) and bursaries to help with housing, childcare and travel costs. The support available depends on what you are studying with us, how you choose to study, as well as your personal circumstances. 

We have many years of experience working in student funding and we are here to help you with all your funding queries and concerns. Please use this page as a guide of the types of funding and bursary options available to you to apply for and please contact us if we can help you in any way. We look forward to working with you in the coming year.

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How to make your funding application

How to make your funding application

To apply for your Further Education EMA, Bursary, Childcare or Discretionary Hardship Funds OR to apply for your Higher Education Discretionary Hardship, Childcare Fund (including Lone Parent Childcare Grant Application), you must first have:

  • Accepted your unconditional offer of a place on the course with admissions
  • Received a letter/email with your login and password from our funding team

Once you have these details, you can apply for your funding. For simplicity, we use one application form to assess your eligibility for various types of funding.

Funding advice if you are under 16 years of age content

Funding advice if you are under 16 years of age

Funding advice if you are under 16 years of age

Student support funds are only available to students who have passed their official school leaving date. Until this date you may be eligible for support for your travel and study costs through your school or the local education authority.   

If you live in Highland Region, please apply to Highland Council for help towards travel costs. Please contact your school for further advice on this. If you live outside Highland Region contact your Local Education Office for information. 

If you are under 16 on 30 September 2020 but turn 16 before 01 March 2021, then we can fund you from January 2021. 

From the first day of term after your 16th birthday you will be eligible to apply for EMA and Bursary for the cost of travel and study aids. 

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Funding advice if you are between 16 and 17 years old

Funding advice if you are between 16 and 17 years old

If your parental/household income is less than £24,421 for one dependent child or £26,884 with more than one dependent child in the household, you could receive a potential award of:

  • Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) of £30 per week
  • Travel award
  • Study expenses

Please note: if your parental/household income is over these thresholds you are still entitled to travel and study costs.

If you must live away from home to attend your course or you have an established home of your own, you may be eligible for an away from parental home maintenance allowance of £42.35 per week. This fund is means-tested. If you wish to be assessed for EMA, you must include evidence of your household income.

We require the following evidence to process your bursary and funding application:

  • Bank Sort Code and Account Number for a bank account in your name
  • One form of ID from birth certificate, driving licence, valid passport or Young Scot Card
  • Household income evidence for tax year 2019/20
    If they are in employment
    P60s/P45s for tax year 2019/20 for parents/parents’ partners/legal guardian/s
    If they are self-employed
    Confirmation of taxable income for tax year 2019/20 (2018/19 if 2019/20 is not yet available) for parents/parents’ partners/legal guardian/s
    If they are in receipt of Universal Credit
    A screenprint to show all parts of a claim for one recent month for parents/parents’ partners/legal guardian/s
  • Please also include confirmation of dependent siblings - birth certificate, driving licence, valid passport or Young Scot Card or confirmation that they are studying at college or university if applicable.

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Funding advice if you are 18 to 24 years old living in the parental home

Funding advice if you are 18 to 24 years old living in the parental home

If your parental/household income is £24,275 or below, you could receive a potential award of:

  • Bursary maintenance of £84.30 per week
  • Travel award
  • Study expenses

Please note: if your parental/household income is over these thresholds you are still entitled to travel and study costs.

If you must live away from home to attend your course or you have an established home of your own, you may be eligible for an away from parental home maintenance allowance of £42.35 per week. This fund is means-tested. If you wish to be assessed for EMA, you must include evidence of your household income.

We require the following evidence to process your bursary and funding application:

  • Bank Sort Code and Account Number for a bank account in your name
  • One form of ID from birth certificate, driving licence, valid passport or Young Scot Card
  • Household income evidence for tax year 2019/20
    If they are in employment
    P60s/P45s for tax year 2019/20 for parents/parents’ partners/legal guardian/s
    If they are self-employed
    Confirmation of taxable income for tax year 2019/20 (2018/19 if 2019/20 is not yet available) for parents/parents’ partners/legal guardian/s
    If they are in receipt of Universal Credit
    A screenprint to show all parts of a claim for one recent month for parents/parents’ partners/legal guardian/s
  • Please also include confirmation of dependent siblings - birth certificate, driving licence, valid passport or Young Scot Card or confirmation that they are studying at college or university if applicable.

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Funding advice if you are 18 to 24 years old living out of the parental home but still dependent on parents

Funding advice if you are 18 to 24 years old living out of the parental home but still dependent on parents

If your parental/household income is £24,275 or below, you could receive a potential award of:

  • Bursary maintenance of 106.53 per week
  • Travel award
  • Study expenses

Please note: if your parental/household income is over £24,275 then a reduced rate of the bursary may be paid.

We require the following evidence to process your bursary and funding application:

  • Bank Sort Code and Account Number for a bank account in your name
  • One form of ID from birth certificate, driving licence, valid passport or Young Scot Card
  • Confirmation that you are living away from home e.g. tenancy agreement
  • Household income evidence for tax year 2019/20
    If they are in employment
    P60s/P45s for tax year 2019/20 for parents/parents’ partners/legal guardian/s
    If they are self-employed
    Confirmation of taxable income for tax year 2019/20 (2018/19 if 2019/20 is not yet available) for parents/parents’ partners/legal guardian/s
    If they are in receipt of Universal Credit
    A screenprint to show all parts of a claim for one recent month for parents/parents’ partners/legal guardian/s
  • Please also include confirmation of dependent siblings - birth certificate, driving licence, valid passport or Young Scot Card or confirmation that they are studying at college or university if applicable.

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Funding advice if you are under 25 and self-supporting

Funding advice if you are under 25 and self-supporting

If you require further information on self-supporting status and/or any supporting documentation you need to provide, please contact our Student Funding Team.

If you are under 25 and self-supporting, you could receive a potential award of:

  • Bursary maintenance of £106.53 per week
  • Travel award
  • Study expenses

We require the following evidence to process your bursary and funding application:

  • Bank Sort Code and Account Number for a bank account in your name
  • One form of ID from birth certificate, driving licence, valid passport or Young Scot Card

Further evidence will be required to confirm self-supporting status. This will depend on personal circumstances.

Two examples of required evidence are:

  • If you are living with spouse or partner, you must include confirmation of the established relationship. e.g. tenancy agreement in joint names, marriage certificate, civil partnership certificate
  • If you have supported yourself in three separate tax year – please provide P60s/P45s or confirmation of the payment of benefits

Please CONTACT US for details of evidence to suit your circumstances.

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Funding advice if you are 25 years or over content

Funding advice if you are 25 years or over

Funding advice if you are 25 years or over

If you are 25 years old or over, you could receive a potential award of:

  • Bursary maintenance of £106.53 per week
  • Travel award
  • Study expenses

If you are a single person your award is means tested on your unearned income - for instance, Working Tax Credits.

If you are in receipt of benefits prior to starting your course but are not entitled to remain on benefits, please provide confirmation from the Benefit Agency that your benefits have stopped. If you are married or are living with a partner in an established relationship your award is means tested on spouse/partner income. Please note: if your spouse/partner income is over £20,643 then a reduced rate of bursary may be paid, or a NIL award may be made depending on income.

Travel and the provision of student aids are means tested.

We require the following evidence to process your bursary and funding application:

  • Bank Sort Code and Account Number for a bank account in your name
  • One form of ID from birth certificate, driving licence, valid passport or Young Scot Card
  • Household income evidence for tax year 2019/20
    If in employment
    P60s/P45s for tax year 2019/20 for spouse/partner
    If self-employed
    Confirmation of taxable income for tax year 2019/20 (2018/19 if 2019/20 is not yet available) for spouse/partner
    If in receipt of Universal Credit
    A screenprint to show all parts of a claim for one recent month for spouse/partner
  • Confirmation of dependent siblings - birth certificate, driving licence, valid passport or Young Scot Card or confirmation that they are studying at college or university if applicable
  • If you are in receipt of benefits prior to starting your course but are not entitled to remain on benefits, please provide confirmation from the benefit agency that your benefits have stopped.

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Funding advice if you are care experienced

Funding advice if you are care experienced

If you have at any time in your life, been looked after by a local authority in the UK, you are eligible for a non-means tested Care Experienced Bursary. If you can provide documentation to confirm this status, you could receive a potential award of:

  • Bursary maintenance of £202.50 per week
  • Travel award
  • Study expenses

What qualifies as Care Experienced?

  • Adoption
  • Foster care
  • Kinship care
  • Residential care
  • Compulsory Supervision Order with no condition of residence (looked after at home)
  • Compulsory Supervision Order with a condition of residence (looked after away from home)

We require the following evidence to process your bursary and funding application:

  • Bank Sort Code and Account Number for a bank account in your name
  • One form of ID from birth certificate, driving licence, valid passport or Young Scot Card

Please CONTACT US to discuss further evidence to support your funding application.

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Funding advice if you are a student carer

Funding advice if you are a student carer

We have a wealth of experience in working with young people from varied backgrounds and have designated team members who provide support, advice and guidance to our students who have caring responsibilities. Working in partnership with internal and external support services, we can provide a tailored service that meets your needs.

We require the following evidence to process your bursary and funding application:

  • Bank Sort Code and Account Number for a bank account in your name
  • One form of ID from birth certificate, driving licence, valid passport or Young Scot Card

Please CONTACT US to discuss further evidence to support your funding application.

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Funding advice if you are an estranged student

Funding advice if you are an estranged student

The definition of estrangement from the Scottish Funding Council is a permanent and irrevocable breakdown in the parental/child relationship. A breakdown in family communication is not considered to be estrangement.

If you wish to be considered as an estranged student, you must provide documentation to confirm this. 

  • Acceptable forms of confirmation of estrangement are:
  • A letter from a solicitor, doctor, a headteacher or guidance teacher, a social or support worker

We require the following evidence to process your bursary and funding application:

  • Bank Sort Code and Account Number for a bank account in your name
  • One form of ID from birth certificate, driving licence, valid passport or Young Scot Card

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Funding advice if you are a benefits recipient content

Funding advice if you are a benefits recipient

Funding advice if you are a benefits recipient

If you are in receipt of benefits, you should contact your local benefits office for advice on whether you can continue to claim while studying on your course. Full-time students are not normally entitled to receive benefits, however, there are some exceptions.

In some circumstances, students may be able to study full-time and receive Universal Credit. If you are eligible for student funding, you can receive a maximum maintenance allocation of £28.00 per week in student funding without this having an impact on your Universal Credit Award.

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Discretionary funding

Discretionary funding

Discretionary funding, also known as hardship funding, is available to assist students who are living on their own in their own accommodation and are responsible for the payment of rent/mortgage.

Emergency payments may also be made from this fund and these are considered on a case by case basis. This fund is means-tested.

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Track your application

Track your application

Once you have completed your online funding application you will be able to track it’s progress through your online Student Hub Account.

Your Student Hub account will be your central point for your college life, offering you many services and tools including funding. Please remember to check your Student Hub account regularly as this is where you will see any messages regarding additional information or documentation, we require to complete your funding award. When an award has been made, your award letter will be added to your Student Hub Account. This letter will tell you how much you have been awarded and when the payments will be made. You will have a separate letter for each fund.

EMA, Bursary and Discretionary payments are made fortnightly in arrears. Childcare payments are made weekly, two weeks in arrears to childcare providers. Please note EMA, travel and childcare payments are NOT paid for college holiday weeks.

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Childcare funding

Childcare funding

Childcare funding is available to assist with the cost of childcare with registered childcare providers while you attend college classes or college placements or complete college course work remotely. As funds are limited, there is a cap on the amount of childcare that can be paid to you. Therefore, please be aware that your childcare costs may not be covered in full.

Childcare funding is paid direct to your childcare provider on receipt of completed childcare timesheets. Childcare timesheets will be sent out to your childcare provider if a childcare award is made to you. Please note that you are responsible for paying your childcare costs until the childcare award has been made to you. 

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Travel assistance

Travel assistance

If you live three miles or more from your college campus you may be eligible for assistance with travel to college and/or placement.

If you are under 18 years of age on the day the course starts assistance with travel is not means-tested.

If you are 18 years of age or over on the day the course starts assistance with travel costs is means-tested.

Please note we are unable to provide any assistance with travel until you submit your online funding application.

Bus passes are issued to students living in Caithness who are attending our Thurso Campus or our Rural Skills Centre. Provided you have submitted your funding application, you should be issued with a college bus pass in the first week you attend your course. However, please note that you should have enough funds available to you to travel to college until you receive your pass.

If you live in Caithness or North Sutherland but are not near a bus route please contact us to discuss your travel requirements.

If you are attending our Dornoch Campus or Alness Campus please contact us to discuss your travel requirements.

Please note that if you are issued with a college bus pass, using college transport, or are paid a travel allowance you must provide supporting documents within the first six weeks of your course.  Failure to do this will result in the cancellation of your travel arrangements and you will be invoiced for any travel costs incurred from the start of your course.

It is our aim to process funding applications within four weeks of the date of receipt of the last piece of supporting evidence. Therefore, it is essential your funding application is submitted and supporting documentation is provided as early as possible. Please take this into consideration and ensure you have enough money available to you when you start your course.

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Higher education funding (SCQF 7 and above)

Higher education funding (SCQF 7 and above)

Funding for your full-time Higher Education course is available online through SAAS. They use one form to assess your entitlement to:

  • Course fees
  • Student loans for living costs
  • Young person bursary
  • Independent students bursary
  • Care experienced students bursary
  • Care experienced accommodation grant
  • Other supplementary grants for dependants, lone parents and vacation grant for care leaver

Childcare costs
If you need help with registered childcare costs, please apply to our HE Childcare fund. If you are living on your own, in your own accommodation, and need help with rent payments please apply to our HE Discretionary Hardship fund.  

You can apply to these funds after you have accepted your unconditional offer of a place on your chosen course.

Please note, to qualify you must also have taken out the maximum SAAS and Student Loan funding available to you.

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Residency

Residency

If you have not lived in the UK for at least 3 years and/or you are not ordinarily resident in Scotland before the course start date, please contact us to discuss residency criteria before completing your funding application form.  

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Funding advice if you have studied before

Funding advice if you have studied before

If you have received student funding in the past you may still be eligible for further funding but please contact us for more information regarding this before completing your funding application form. 

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Young Scot national entitlement card

Young Scot national entitlement card

The National Entitlement Card is FREE for all young people aged 11 to 26.

This means cheaper transport for young people on buses, trains and ferries across Scotland.

The card will let you access all of the services you get from your Young Scot card. These include:

  • discounts and rewards across Scotland - on shopping, eating out, going to the cinema and just having fun - visit www.youngscot.org/discounts for full details
  • discounts and rewards in 42 European countries - check out www.euro26.org for details.

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