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Higher Education Student Support in Scotland, 2011-12

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Early analysis of applications for 2012-13 session

The previous tables in this publication have focussed on the information that is available at the end of 2011-12. It is also useful to have an early indication of applications received to date in 2012-13. Figure 7 shows the actual numbers of students supported from 2001-02 to 2011-12, with interim figures based on the number of applications that have been received so far for 2012-13 session.

There are a number of factors that will affect the number of students that are actually supported in 2012-13. For example some applicants withdraw from their courses, some do not attend their courses, and some applications will be rejected by SAAS because of eligibility rules. SAAS have been encouraging students to apply early for their funding since 2010-11 and it is possible that as this message becomes bedded into the system we might see increasing proportions of applicants who apply early then withdraw and are not supported by SAAS. Table 14 gives a comparison of the number of applications that have been received by September in previous years and the final numbers actually supported at the end of the year. Final figures on the number of students actually supported by SAAS in 2012-13 and the amounts paid will be published at the end of the session.

Figure 7: Numbers of students supported by SAAS by domicile in 2010-11 and 2011-12 and applications received to date for 2012-13

Figure 7: Numbers of students supported by SAAS by domicile in 2010-11 and 2011-12 and applications received to date for 2012-13