Guide

Tuition fees for university

Last updated: 25 May 2017

Am I eligible for funding?

Whether you can get tuition fee funding from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) depends on:

  • your university or college
  • your course
  • your residency status
  • if you've already completed a higher education course

If you normally live in Scotland and you meet the residency criteria, you may be eligible for funding from SAAS.

If you're not eligible for government funding you should speak to the finance officer at your university. You could also check the Scholarship Search website for information on scholarships and sponsorships available across the UK.

Studying part-time

You're not eligible for living cost support from SAAS if you're studying part-time. You may be able to get a 'Part-Time Fee Grant' to help pay for your tuition fees.

To be eligible you must be:

  • earning less than £25,000 a year
  • studying a course worth least 30 'credits' - you get a certain number of credits per course when studying
In Scotland, a standard full-time year will normally by 120 credits. You need 360 credits for an ordinary degree and 480 for an honours degree.

You can check on your university website to find how many Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework (SCQF) credits your course is worth.

You should apply for the Part-Time Fee Grant as soon as you've registered with SAAS.

You must apply for the grant each year. SAAS has guidance notes to help you fill in your application form.

If you're applying for the part-time fee grant you may not be eligible for any other government funding e.g. an Individual Learning Account. The only thing you may get help with is additional costs if you've got a disability.

The SAAS part-time fee grant calculator can help you work out how much part-time fee grant you could get.

If you're not eligible for government funding you should speak to the finance officer at your university. You could also check the Scholarship Search website for information on scholarships and sponsorships available across the UK.

Tuition fees for university
Am I eligible for funding?