Costs of learning: student funding guide 2019 to 2020

Funding guide for learners and students including those going to college or university.

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You can contact the following organisations to find out more about the various types of financial help available or if you have any questions.

Skills Development Scotland (SDS)

SDS is Scotland's skills body, which brings together a number of partner organisations including Careers Scotland, learndirect Scotland and ILA Scotland.

You can contact SDS on 0808 700 9000 or go to


For more information on student support for Further Education courses please contact the college or you can contact the Scottish Funding Council as follows:

Phone: 0131 313 6500

Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS)

If you are studying a course of Higher Education full-time or you are registered full-time but studying part-time, you should apply on line at If you are registered part-time and studying part-time or want to apply for the Disabled Students' Allowance, you can get the relevant application form and notes to help you apply on the SAAS website. You can also contact SAAS if you have any questions about your eligibility or about fees and living-costs available to you.

Student Awards Agency Scotland
Saughton House
EH11 3UT

Phone: 0300 555 0505

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG)

CPAG's online information service provides specific information on benefits for students in Scotland. You can read the 'Benefits for Students in Scotland Handbook' free at

You can also get more information about CPAG in Scotland's students and benefits project at

Scottish Refugee Council

Scottish Refugee Council is an independent charity dedicated to providing advice, information and assistance to asylum seekers and refugees living in Scotland. They also provide specialist services in areas such as housing and welfare, education and employment, family reunion, women's issues, community development, the media and the arts.

Phone: 0141 248 9799

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC)

Phone: 0300 200 3300



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