Tuition fees - study in Scotland

If you are eligible, we will pay your tuition fees straight to your college or university. Your application is valid for one academic year only, so you must make sure you apply every year.

The amount of tuition fees we can pay will depend on what course you are studying. The tuition fee rates for 2017-2018 are:

  • £1,285 for HNC and HND and any other sub-degree courses.
  • £1,820 for first degree or PGDE courses.
  • £2,895 for medicine degrees that commenced in 2011-2012 or earlier.
  • £1,205 for courses at private colleges.

More information about tuition fees can be found here.

Tuition fees - study elsewhere in the UK

You will have to pay up to £9,250 each year towards your tuition fees if you study at a publicly funded college or university in the UK (but not Scotland). You can apply to us for a student loan to pay part or all of your fees. Your application for a student loan to pay your tuition fees is only valid for one academic session, so you must make sure you apply every year. We may not be able to give you a loan to pay your tuition fees if you have done a course of higher education before or if you have to repeat a year of your course. Please see our previous study section for more details.

If you are not sure what fees your college or university will charge, you should check with them.

Tuition fees - study in Europe - Portability Pilot

Scottish domiciled students studying at eligible European universities can apply for the same bursary and loan support as students attending university in Scotland. This is part of a pilot scheme introduced to encourage more Scottish students to study abroad.

For a short summary of the pilot please watch our video here.

Further information about the pilot can be found here.

Bursary and loan

The amount of bursary and student loan you can get will depend on the household income in your permanent home.

Bursary and loan details
Household income Bursary 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

The funding available to the following groups of students may be different from the standard funding package above:

  • Students studying Medicine at St Andrews University
  • Students who are studying abroad
  • Students on a practical placement (sandwich course)

If you fall into one of the above categories you should refer to our guidance booklet for more information.

If you have received funding for a previous course then you may still be eligible for a loan.

You can find information about repaying your student loan here.

Living costs grants

There are living costs grants available to certain categories of students such as lone parents and those with dependants. Dependants can include other adults that students act as carers for. A separate funding package is available for eligible care experienced students entering higher education.

Disabled Students' Allowance

Extra help is available to you if you incur extra costs while you study because of a disability or learning difficulty. Further information on the type of funding available and eligibility criteria is available.

If you are applying for DSA for the first time or if your disability has changed significantly since you last applied, we will want you to have a needs assessment carried out. More information on how to apply and a list of assessment centres can be found here

NHS Dental Bursary Scheme

There is a Dental Bursary Scheme for eligible students studying a Dentistry (BDS) degree at a Scottish University who started their course prior to 2017-2018. Details of a new scheme for students starting from 2017-2018 will be published shortly on the Scottish Government website.

Other sources of funding

You may be eligible to apply for funding from other sources and we have prepared a guide which provides further information.