Funding for HE Courses

Funding for HE Courses

Students on Higher Education (HE) Courses

Level 7 or above on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF)

Students on HE Advanced Courses – Higher National Certificate (HNC) and Higher National Diploma (HND) should apply directly to the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for tuition fees, bursary support for young and independent students, student loans and any supplementary grants.  Apply online at

Guide to full-time funding:

You should apply as soon as you receive an unconditional or conditional offer of a place on a course.

Care Experienced students will be eligible to apply for a non-income assessed Care Experienced Bursary of £8,100. The bursary replaces the income-assessed student loan and bursary. If you meet the criteria for the Care Experienced Bursary, then you will not be eligible to apply for a student loan.

  • The criteria for claiming a Care Experienced Bursary is as follows:
  • You have ever been looked after by a Local Authority in the UK; and
  • You are under 26 on the first day of the first academic year of your course. For most students, who start in the autumn term, the relevant date is 1 August.

Those on part-time Higher National courses may apply to SAAS for the Part Time Fees Grant or to Skills Development Scotland for an SDS ITA account, depending on the number of credits being undertaken (see section on part-time study).

 Course Tution Fees

All HNC / HND students are required to pay tuition fees for their course and must apply to SAAS to have them paid to the College on their behalf.  If you do not apply for your fees or are a self-financing student, the College will invoice you directly.   You should bring your SAAS award notice to College for copying.


The full student loan is a means-tested award and evidence of parental income is required for all students under 25 who are not deemed to be self-supporting.  Independent students are required to submit details of their own / partner’s income.  Students who do not apply for the maximum means-tested loan are not eligible for support from the College Discretionary Fund.

A range of supplementary grants are available for lone parents, those with dependents and care leavers.  Students should ensure that they make an application for all grants relevant to their personal circumstances.

Disabled Student Allowance

Disabled Students’ Allowance is available for those students who incur costs whilst studying because of a disability.  The Learning Development team can provide help with the application process.  For further information on the support available, click on the link

Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS)

Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS)
Saughton House
Broomhouse Drive
EH11 3UT
Tel:  0300 555 0505    (Full-time undergraduate courses)
Tel:  0300 300 3137    (Part-time fee grant)

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.