Applying for the Right Funding

Different sources of funding are available to students so it’s important to make that you apply as early as possible for the funding appropriate to your level of course and mode of study. Don’t wait until you have an unconditional offer of a place on a course to make application for funding. It’s sufficient to have a conditional offer.

Students on Higher National Certificate and Higher National Diploma (advanced level) should apply to SAAS for their fees and for the Student Loan. (see below)

Students on FE (non-advanced level) courses – SWAP, Higher Studies, Intermediate 1, Intermediate 2, NC, NQ NCGA, – should apply directly to the College for a College Bursary and/or EMA.

The Scottish Government has published information on student funding which is available from

Please be aware of phishing scams which directly target students. The Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS), the Student Loans Co and the College Bursary, Finance or Student Services Departments will never contact you by email asking you to confirm your bank or other personal details.

Supply all the relevant documents

Most funding is means tested. If you don’t send in all the required documents, your application can’t be assessed. Please help us and the other funding bodies to assess your application quickly and accurately by ensuring that:

You’re making the application to the correct funding body
You’re making application on the correct form
All sections of the application form are completed in full
All supporting paperwork and evidence is submitted with your application (originals, if requested)
Your application is submitted in good time – BEFORE ANY DEADLINE – which could be as early as 6 weeks from the start date of your course.

Apply early

Don’t be caught out – get your application in as soon as you possibly can and respond quickly and fully to any requests for additional information!!

August and September are very busy months for the College Bursary Office, SAAS and the Student Loans Co. If you leave it until August or September to apply, it could take up to 6 weeks or more for your application to be processed.

Even for those students who apply early, the student funding is not paid immediately on the day you enrol so you should plan to have some savings to cover your living and travel expenses until your first payment comes through. If you have applied on or after the start date of your course, you may apply for an Advance Loan but this money must be repaid as soon as your student funding comes through.

Useful Contacts

Bursary Officer

South Lanarkshire College, College Way, East Kilbride G75 0NE
Tel: 01355 807780
Fax: 01355 807781

Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS)

Gyleview House
3 Redheughs Rigg
EH 12 9HH
Tel: 0845 556 6598


Disabled Student Allowance

To upload documents relevant to your SAAS application

Student Loans Company

100 Bothwell Street
G2 7JD
Tel: 0141-306 2000
Fax: 0141-306 2005

Citizen’s Advice

Citizens Advice Scotland is now delivering face-to-face Money Advice Sessions across Scotland on behalf of the Money Advice Service. Their aim is to help people take charge and stay in control of their money.

Student Services staff can help you book a money advice session – just ask in the Advice Centre or contact them directly through the details on the logo link.

Higher Education & Learner Support

The Scottish Government
5 Atlantic Quay
6th Floor
G2 8LU


SDS Individual Learning Account

T: 0800 917 8000


Better Futures Bursaries

Better Futures Bursaries are open for applications for students studying in academic year 2013-2014. These bursaries are now available to tenants of Glasgow Housing Association, Cube Housing Association and West Lothian Housing Partnership who are studying at HNC, HND or Degree level.

If you meet the criteria please apply using the Better Futures Application Form and return it to

Please note that receiving a bursary from GHA does not affect a student’s entitlement to SAAS funding as they are a charity.