Financial help in higher education

Have you have considered doing a course of higher education at university or college but don’t know how you will manage financially? Our higher education information explains what help is available for single parents.

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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 in a college or university, it can also include distance learning courses completed at home.

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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 be able to get financial help from discretionary funds directly from the college or university.

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Welfare benefits you may get 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.

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Useful contacts

This includes Student Awards Agency Scotland, Student Loans Company and more.