Dental Student Support Grant (DSSG)
Dental students in Scotland can apply for a grant of £4,000 a year to help with the cost of their studies. This is called the Dental Student Support Grant (DSSG).
Who can apply?
You can apply for the DSSG if you:
- are enrolled for Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) at the University of Aberdeen, Dundee or Glasgow
- have an annual household income of less than £34,000 per year
- are allowed to live and work in Scotland after graduation
When to apply
You must apply each academic year you want to claim a grant. Your university will tell you the deadline for submitting your application.
When you can first apply depends on which university you attend.
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How to apply for the DSSG
To apply for the DSSG:
1. Application form
Complete the DSSG application form.
Read and sign the DSSG contract.
3. Get copies of your supporting documents
You need to supply supporting documents with your application. What documents you need to send depend on where you come from.
Students from Scotland
You need to provide a copy of your Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) award letter.
If you are not eligible for funding from SAAS (for example, if you are studying dentistry as a second degree), you may use the following as proof of your annual household income:
- tax return
Students from England, Wales or Northern Ireland
You need to provide confirmation that you're happy for your university to confirm your household income with Student Finance.
Students from the European Union
You need to provide confirmation that you're eligible to live and work in Scotland after graduation.
You'll also need to give proof of your annual household income. This could be a:
- tax return
- income certificate
If you need to provide proof of household income
Whose income information you need to give depends on whether you are classed as a ‘young student’ or an ‘independent student’.
You are a young student if all of the following apply on the first day of your course. You:
- are under 25 years of age at the start of the academic year
- do not have a dependent child at the beginning of the academic year
- have not supported yourself through work or benefits outside full-time education for any three years before the first day of the first academic year of your course
- are not married, in a civil partnership or living with a partner
Your household income is the combined income of:
- your parents
- your parents' partners that live with them
- your parents' civil partners that live with them
- your legal guardians
You are an independent student if one of the following applies:
- you’re over 25 years of age before the start of the academic year
- you have a dependent child at the beginning of the academic year, who lives with you for most of the week
- you’ve supported yourself from earnings or benefits outside full-time education for any three years before the first day of the first academic year of your course
- you have no living parents
- you’re married, in a civil partnership or live with a partner before the first day of the first academic year of your course
- you’re estranged from your parents
Your household income is the combined income of you and your:
- civil partner
4. Send information to your university
Each year you want to apply for a grant, send your university your:
- completed application form
- supporting documents
- signed contract
Where to send your forms
University of Aberdeen
University of Dundee
Tel: 01382 384801
University of Glasgow
Student Financial Aid Team
Tel: 0141 330 2216/8778
If you repeat a year
If you repeat a year of your studies, you can apply for an additional year of the DSSG. You should complete the DSSG application form and the extenuating circumstances form and send these to your university.
Your university may ask you to provide supporting evidence. They might not give you the grant for the year you repeat.
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