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Frequently Asked Questions

If I apply to an eligible EU university, how will this affect my UCAS applications?

This will have no impact on your UCAS applications, you will still be able to apply for your five choices over and above any application made to an EU university.

Can I apply to more than one eligible EU university?

Yes.

How much are the tuition fees?

Malmo University, Sweden – No tuition Fees

Southern Denmark University, Denmark – No tuition fees

Rheinn Waal University, Germany – No tuition fees.  The semester fees currently are €239.62 (semester fees consist of different administration fees and, for the larger part, the so called semester ticket for free public transportation in Northrhine Westphalia).

Groningen University, Netherlands - Fees 2014-2015: approx. €1,850.  Students can apply for a tuition fee loan from the Dutch Government

Maastricht University, Netherlands – Fees 2014-15: approx. €1,835 for EU students under the age of 30. Students can apply for a tuition fee loan from the Dutch Government

Can I apply for a student loan from SAAS to pay for fees?

No, however tuition fee loans are available from the country in which you wish to study.  For more information please see the tuition fee section under the relevant University page.

What maintenance support can I apply for?

You can apply to SAAS for the same support you would be entitled to if you were studying in Scotland or the rest of the UK. The table below shows the funding arrangements for 2014/15.

Young Student’s Bursary

Independent Students’ Bursary

Family Income

Bursary

Loan

Total

Bursary

Loan

Total

£0 - £16,999

£1,750

£5,750

£7,500

£750

£6,750

£7,500

£17,000 – £23,999

£1,000

£5,740

£6,750

£0

£6,750

£6,750

£24,000 - £33,999

£500

£5,750

£6,250

£0

£6,250

£6,250

£34,000 and above

£0

£4,750

£4,750

£0

£4,750

£4,750

 
How and when do I repay my loan?

You start repaying your loan the April after you finish or leave your course and your income is above the minimum income threshold.  The Student Loans Company will write to you before you start making repayments to tell you how the repayments will be calculated.  Further details can be found at www.studentloanrepayment.co.uk

Can I claim travel expenses and travel insurance?

Students enrolling in academic years 2014/15 & 15/16 can claim one return journey for each year of study.  Students will be responsible to their own travel insurance.

Do I require health insurance and can I claim for this?

Health insurance is advisable in addition to a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which you can apply for apply for EHIC online. You can claim the cost of health insurance through SAAS.

Can I claim for accommodation costs?

No, you will have to meet these costs.

Can I claim Disabled Students’ Allowance & how will my support be managed?

Please contact the relevant University to discuss how your support will be managed and the support that will be available to you directly from the institution.  For more information see the Additional Support Needs page for each institution.  You may also be able to claim for the Disabled Students' Allowance from SAAS if there are costs associated with support required which are not covered by the institution. You may need to have a needs assessment before leaving Scotland.

Can my support be paid into a bank account in my host country?

No, your support must be paid into a UK bank account.

If, not will I be reimbursed for associated costs with transferring the funds from the UK to the host country?

No - you will have to meet these costs.

I already have a degree, will the host country still pay my fees?

Please check this with the individual institution.  You will still be able to apply to SAAS for living cost support.

I need to contact SAAS , is there a number to call from overseas which will get me through quicker?

Yes, SAAS will have a dedicated telephone number for students who start their studies in 2014/15 & 15/16; +44300-555-0505

Will the qualifications that I hold be accepted by the pilot universities?

As autonomous bodies, it is the universities who are responsible for setting admissions criteria and deciding which students to offer places to.  Information on the general entry requirements for each university is available here:

However, if you have any specific enquiries please contact the universities directly.