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College Further Education Bursary and Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)

This funding is available for students studying at Further Education level (up to but not including HNC).  A bursary is a financial award given to a Further Education student at the discretion of the College to help maintain them in their education at College. An award can include allowances that cover a student’s maintenance, travel and study costs.

An EMA provides maintenance support for students from low income households who undertake a Further Education course at College.

Normally, Further Education students aged under 18 on the start date of their course will be eligible to apply for EMA rather than Bursary maintenance costs.  Further Education students both under and over 18 on the start date of their course may be eligible to apply for Bursary travel and study costs.  If you are a Scottish resident or EU national studying a full time Further Education course, you will have no tuition fees to pay.

For more information please see our Guide to Bursary and EMA Funding.

Further Education Bursary and EMA applications are handled by the College and you will be able to apply online from mid-June onwards prior to starting your course.  For more details, please see our guide How to Apply for Bursary EMA.

Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) and Student Loan funding

This funding is available for students studying at full time Higher Education level (HNC and above).  The funding available can include Tuition Fee Support, Student Bursary, Student Loan, Lone Parent Grant and Disabled Students Allowance.

More information about the funding available can be found at the SAAS website.

The SAAS funding guide is also available.

You will be able to apply online to SAAS for your funding from early April onwards prior to starting your course.  Please see here for more information on how to apply.

Students resident in the rest of the UK (RUK) are generally not eligible to apply to SAAS for funding and instead have to apply to either:

You should also note in this case that there is a higher level of tuition fee for RUK students.  More details can be found here.