Student Awards Agency Scotland

We are an agency of the Scottish Government giving financial support to all eligible students doing a course of higher education in the UK.

What we do:

  • assess and pay financial support for living costs and tuition fees
  • deal with the Students' Allowances Scheme, the Postgraduate Students' Allowances Scheme (PSAS), the Nursing and Midwifery Students Bursary Scheme (NMSB) and applications for student loans
  • provide resources and data to the Student Loans Company for the payment of student loans
  • distribute Discretionary Funds to Scottish colleges and universities;
  • maintain a register of charities that offer educational endowments
  • help learners through the Individual Learning Accounts Scotland (ILAS) scheme, which we administer with Skills Development Scotland
  • work with the Scottish Government Health Directorate to develop and deliver NHS Bursaries targeted at specific groups (e.g. Dentistry students)