Discretionary Funds

These are funds provided by the Scottish Funding Council and Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to assist students who may otherwise be prevented from commencing or continuing with their studies. Students would normally have already applied for Bursary / SAAS funding prior to applying to this 'top up' fund. These awards are subject to household means-testing - support cannot be offered where the household income exceeds £30,000. Please see the following guide for further information:

STUDENT FUNDING GUIDE

ALL STUDENTS - PART TIME, FULL TIME, FURTHER & HIGHER EDUCATION

Discretionary Funds

  • Primarily used for help with housing costs of full time students
  • Household income must be less than £30,000
  • Weekly expenditure must exceed weekly income
  • HE students must have taken out their maximum Student Loan
  • Other emergencies considered

How to Apply: Full time students will be sent an email link once you have been offered a place on a course. Part time students should contact either a Student Adviser or a member of the Student Funding Team

Discretionary Further Information

FULL TIME FURTHER EDUCATION STUDENTS

Maybe eligible for:

Informatioin Required:

Documents Required:

Household income must be less than £30,000

Up to a maximum of £50 per week towards housing costs if aged 21 or over

Means testing: <£20,000 max £50 per week, £20,001 to £30,000 £25 per week, >£30,000 no award

Other emergencies may be considered

Completed discretionary application

Residency

Household income

Tenency or mortgage agreement in your own name or joint names

Partner's income details if applicable OR proof lone parent status

Latest Inland Revenue Tax Credit Award OR Universal Credit Notice

Proof of any Housing Benefit

Council Tax bill

FULL TIME HIGHER EDUCATION STUDENTS

May be eligible for:

Information Required:

Documents Required:

Household income must be less than £30,000

Up to a maximum of £35 per week towards housing costs

Means testing: <£20,000 max £35 per week, £20,001 to £30,000 £17.50 per week, >£30,000 no award

Other emergencies may be considered

Completed discretionary application

Residency

Household income

Must have taken out maximum Student Loan

Tenancy or mortgage agreement in your own name or joint names

SAAS Award Notice

Partner's income details if applicable OR proof lone parent status

Latest Inland Revenue Tax Credit award Notice OR Universal Credit Notice

Proof of any Housing Benefit

Council Tax bill

PART TIME FURTHER & HIGHER EDUCATION STUDENTS

May be eligible for:

Information Required:

Documents Required:

Household income must be less than £30,000

Not eligible for help with housing costs

Other emergencies may be considered

Completed discretionary application

Residency

Household income

Evidence of emergency costs

Partner's income details if applicable OR proof of lone parent status

Latest Inland Revenue Tax Credit Award Notice OR Universal Credit Notice