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Learner Funding

Learners in Scotland have the option of undertaking a wide range of learning including further or higher education. The course chosen will determine the type and level of funding available.

Further Education is courses which are not taught in a school and are below Higher National Certificate (HNC) level. They cover levels 1-6 on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) and include:

  • academic courses up to Higher level;
  • courses that do not lead to formal qualifications (such as independent living skills courses);
  • basic skills courses, such as literacy and numeracy; and
  • work-related courses, such as Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs)

Learner may be able to get support for Further Education (in the form of a grant) by having an assessment, but not everyone who applies is eligible for a grant.

Higher Education is courses of study which are at Higher National Certificate level or above (that is Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework level 7 or above).

They can be taken at college or at university and include:

  • an undergraduate honours degree;
  • an undergraduate ordinary degree; or
  • a Higher National Certificate (HNC) or Higher National Diploma (HND)

 

Support for students following a course of higher education comes as a loan, with a number of grants and bursaries available for specific groups of students depending on their circumstances.

Support, which can be obtained on application to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland, is available as follows:

 

Young Students (Aged under 25 at start of course)

Independent Students (25 or older, married or self supporting at start of course)

Family income

Bursary

Loan*

Total

Bursary

Loan*

Total

< £17,000

£1,875

£5,750

£7,625

£875

£6,750

£7,625

£17,000 to £24,000

£1,125

£5,750

£6,875

£0

£6,750

£6,750

£24,000 to £34,000

£500

£5,750

£6,250

£0

£6,250

£6,250

> £34,000

£0

£4,750

£4,750

£0

£4,750

£4,750

* The Education (Student Loans) Regulations (as amended) set out the loan regulations for student loans.  Under the current regulations students over the age of 55 are not eligible for a student loan.