Student Funding – it’s time to apply! in Spending

Studying at college or university can be expensive, but SAAS are there to help. You just need to apply!

There will be some costs when going to college or university including tuition fees, accommodation, books and bills.  Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) offer a range of support to help but you don’t receive it automatically, you need to apply. Visit the SAAS website to register your new SAAS Account and get started!


What support is available?

The support you're entitled to will depend on your eligibility, circumstances, and where you are going to study, but could include:

  • Tuition fees paid for you, or a loan to cover the cost of your tuition.  Even if you only want your tuition fees paid, you still have to apply to SAAS. 
  • A bursary of up to £1875 (£7,625 for care experienced students) 
  • A loan of up to £6750 to help with accommodation and living costs
  • Support for additional learning costs if you have a disability
  • Additional support for students in special circumstances such as those who are care experienced, lone parents, or are providing care

If you're a full-time student and want more information then check out the SAAS Funding Guide

How will I receive my funding?

Your tuition fees will be paid directly to your college or university.  Any living costs support (such as a loan or bursary) will be paid directly into your bank account in instalments once you've started your course.



I’m already a student so do I still have to apply? 

Yes.  Even if you applied last year, you still have to apply again to get tuitions fees and living costs support for your next year. 

If I get a loan, when will I have to pay it back?

You will not normally have to make any repayments while you're studying. You start repaying the student loan after you leave your course, and are earning over £17,775 a year.  

Why have SAAS developed a new account?

To will allow applications to be made across a number of different platforms, and provide a more streamlined service and improved customer experience.

What benefits will the new SAAS account have?

It allows students to manage all SAAS activities from your mobile and desktop devices, including submitting your application, uploading documents and supporting evidence, checking progress and any enquiries.

How can I get in touch with SAAS?

We have extended our opening hours to support students through the registration and application process.  If you have any queries please ring the SAAS helpline on 0300 555 0505. 

Week days 8:30am - 6:00pm from Monday 10 April 2017 

We will also open 12:00pm - 6:00pm on Saturday 22 April,  Sunday 23 April, Saturday 29 April and Sunday 30 April 2017

You can also follow SAAS on Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates, and check out the SAAS help channel on You Tube.