Guide

Apply for student finance

Last updated: 25 May 2017

How to apply

How you apply is different depending on where you normally live.

If you don't normally live in Scotland, the application process is different if you're a new or continuing student from England, Wales or Northern Ireland.

New students

If you normally live in Scotland and meet a set of conditions, known as 'residency criteria', you may get help with finance. This could include:

If you're a part-time student you can apply to SAAS for a part-time fee grant. This is to help you with your tuition fees.

If you're from the EU (known as an EU national), you may be able to get funding to help you pay your tuition fees. You'll need to meet the residency criteria.

To apply for student funding, you need to:

1. Work out what you can apply for

Look at all the options to find the funding that's right for you. Find out more information about what financial support you can get at university.

You can make an application for tuition fees and then contact SAAS later for a student loan to help with living costs.

2. Register online

Create an online account on the SAAS website.

When you have done this you'll receive 2 emails confirming your password, username and security questions.

Keep these emails safe so you can use your online account for checking the progress of your funding applications.

You can reset your user name and password if you need to.

3. Get ready

When you apply you'll need to have your:

  • email address
  • SAAS reference number if you've applied before
  • National Insurance Number - you can find this on your National Insurance Card, benefit letter, payslip or P60
  • bank details
  • course name and the university name
  • documents for any additional financial support you've applied for, for example documents proving you're a single parent

You may also need documents showing your 'household income'. Find out more about household income and what documents you might need to show for it..

4. Log in and apply
Go to the 'Login' section of the SAAS website  and apply online.

Take care to fill out your application correctly as mistakes could delay your application.

You can use the SAAS document upload service to send scanned copies of your documents. You'll need to login to your SAAS account to do this.

Don't send original paper copies – SAAS will destroy the documents.

If you can't apply online

You can get a loan application form on the SAAS website if you can't apply online.

Once you have filled it in, send it to:

Student Awards Agency Scotland
Saughton House
Broomhouse Drive
Edinburgh
EH11 3UT

Continuing students

You're a 'continuing student' if you've had student funding from SAAS before.

Log in to your SAAS online account and apply for next year's funding by the deadline.

Look at all the options to make sure you apply for the right funding if your circumstances have changed since last year.
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