HNC/HND/Degree Course Funding

HNC/HND/Degree Courses

Students who normally live in Scotland and are studying at SCQF level 7 and above should apply to the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for their funding. You should apply to SAAS for fees and a Bursary, and can also choose to take out a Student Loan for living costs. The information below outlines the support available for 2020/21.

Young Students

  • Household Income £0 - £20,999 - You can apply for a Bursary of £2,000 and a Loan of £5,750 making a total of £7,750.
  • Household Income £21,000 - £23,999 - You can apply for a Bursary of £1,125 and a Loan of £5,750 making a total of £6,875.
  • Household Income £24,000-£33,999 - You can apply for a Bursary of £500 and a Loan of £5,750 making a total of £6,250.
  • Household Income £34,000 and above - You can apply for a Loan of £4,750.

Independent Students

  • Household Income £0 - £20,999 - You can apply for a Bursary of £1,000 and a Loan of £6,750 making a total of £7,750.
  • Household Income £21,000 - £23,999 - You can apply for a Loan of £6,750.
  • Household Income £24,000-£33,999 - You can apply for a Loan of £6,250.
  • Household Income £34,000 and above - You can apply for a Loan of £4,750.

Other Grants

Students can also apply to SAAS for additional grants including:

  • Lone Parent Grant of £1305. Available for students who are lone parents.
  • Dependent's Grant of £2640. Available for students who are financially responsible for another adult e.g. spouse/partner who they care for.
How to Apply

You must apply for funding every year that you are studying and apply directly to SAAS. You will need to register your online account through the website to make an application. Students starting courses in August 2019 will be able to apply from mid-April 2019 with applications closing on 31 March 2020. Students starting courses in August 2020 are able to apply from 1 April 2020.

Applications with no errors and all supporting documents submitted by 30 June are guaranteed to be assessed before your course starts, so it’s important to make an early application. 

Contact SAAS on 0300 555 0505 or visit the website