Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS)
Students on full-time Higher National courses should apply through the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for both fees and a student loan for living costs. You should apply as soon as you receive an unconditional or conditional offer of a place on a course.
Those on part-time Higher National courses may apply to SAAS for the part-time fees grant or for an ILA Scotland account, depending on the number of credits being undertaken (see section on part-time study).
T: 0845 111 1711
On its website, SAAS publishes information for students studying Higher National, Degree and Postgraduate courses as well as information on support for Mature Students, Lone Parents, Part-time or Distance Learning students. If you cannot apply online, you will require to contact SAAS to request a paper application. If you do not have access to the Internet, please ask Student Services who will arrange for Internet access for you through the College Learning Centre. The SAAS video clip gives useful information on a range of topics, including how to apply.
To upload scanned documents relevant to your application go to: http://www.edocs.saas.gov.uk/SAASEDocs/go.jsp
Course Tuition Fees
SAAS pays the tuition fee direct to the College for all eligible students. You should note that if you do not apply to SAAS or if they deem you to be ineligible for support – which may be on the grounds of residence or previous study – you are liable for the payment fees and will be invoiced in full by the College. You should bring your SAAS award notice to College for copying.
The main support for living costs will be through a Student Loan which will be partly means-tested. Some students will be entitled to extra help with living costs through non-repayable supplementary grants eg
- Disabled Student Allowance
- Young Student Bursary
- Lone Parent Grant
- Dependants Grant
Disabled Student Allowance
For further information on the support available, click on the link http://www.yourdsa.com/
For more information on funding, ask to speak to a member of Student Services or visit the Funding for Learners website www.scotland.gov.uk/fundingforlearners
UCAS provide information on student funding for Higher Education students and also produce a guide for parents on their website:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that receiving a bursary from GHA does not affect a student’s entitlement to SAAS funding as they are a charity.