The Young Students' Bursary is money that's paid directly into your bank account if you're a young student who needs help with money.
This is separate to any student loan you apply for.
To get the bursary you need to be studying a higher education course at college or university and qualify for Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) funding to pay your tuition fees.
You also need to:
- be under aged 25
- be not married, in a civil partnership or living with a partner
- have not supported yourself from working full-time or benefits for 3 years before starting your course
- not have a child who depends on you financially
- have a household income of under £34,000
Household income is the amount earned by you and the people you live with, if they're your:
- civil partner
- partner, such as your boyfriend or girlfriend
If this total is more than £33,999 you won't get the Young Students' Bursary.
Other people you live with, such as friends or a brother or sister, don't count towards the household income total.
How to apply
You can apply for the Young Students' Bursary at the same time that you apply to SAAS for other student funding. You can also apply separately.
What you'll get
The maximum bursary you can get for one academic year is £1,875.
|£0 to £18,999||£1,875|
|£19,000 to £23,999||£1,125|
|£24,000 to £33,999||£500|
|£34,000 and above||£0|
The total amounts you're able to claim based on you and your parent's household income:
|Household income||Bursary||Student loan||Total|
|£0 to £18,999||£1,875||£5,750||£7,625|
|£19,000 to £23,999||£1,125||£5,750||£6,875|
|£24,000 to £33,999||£500||£5,750||£6,250|
|£34,000 and above||£0||£4,750||£4,750|
Your bursary will be split into monthly payments that are paid into your bank account or building society. If you have a student loan, the bursary will be paid at the same time.
What happens next
After you've applied, you can check your application's progress by going to your online account.
If your application is successful SAAS send an 'award notice' to your online account. This will tell you how much you will get.
Find out how to appeal if your application isn't successful on the SAAS website.
Other financial support
There may also be other bursaries, grants, scholarships or sponsorships that you can apply for.
There is other support available if you have a financial emergency at college or university.