Financial help in higher education

If you have considered doing a course at university or college but don’t know how you will manage financially as a single parent; our higher education information is for you.

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What is higher education?

Higher education is any course at SCQF level 8 and above or SVQ level 4 and 5. It includes part and full time courses and, although usually undertaken in a college or university, it can also include distance learning courses completed at home. Higher education includes HNCs, HNDs, degrees, honours, masters and doctorates.

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Money to live on while studying

The money you’ll have to live on while studying will be a combination of student funding from the Student Award Agency Scotland (SAAS), benefits and earnings. Which of these, and how much you get, depends on your circumstances.

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Help from your college or university

You may get financial help from discretionary funds directly from the college or university. These funds can be given for a variety of reasons including travel and childcare costs. These funds are limited, and the student financial advisers or support services can decide how to award them but it is always worth asking. Ask the […]

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Benefits while studying

There are a number of benefits you can apply for or continue to get while studying a course of higher education. What benefits and how much you get depends on your circumstances. These include: Child benefit Universal credit Income support, jobseeker’s allowance, tax credits and housing benefit Employment and support allowance Carer’s allowance Council tax […]

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