If you have been living in Scotland for three years immediately before the start of the first day of your course you may be able to get a loan to meet study-related costs such as equipment, books, travel, photocopying, paper and so on, up to a maximum value of £500. Your workload must be equivalent to at least 50% of a full-time workload. You can check the Students Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) website to see whether you qualify since the loan is based on your financial and personal circumstances. You can request an application pack from SAAS.
Fee waiver scheme
The Fee Waiver Scheme allows Scottish universities to waive the fees for certain Scottish domiciled undergraduate part-time students. If you are in receipt of Income Support / Family Credit or Housing Benefit or have been a registered jobseeker for six weeks prior to the start of the course then you may be eligible for the Fee Waiver Scheme.
Download an application form from the University Registry.
There is funding available to students who are disabled. We strongly recommend that if you have a disability you refer yourself as early as possible to the Student Disability Service. A Disability Service Adviser will carry out an assessment of your support needs and will be able to give you advice on additional funding to which you may be entitled. Referring yourself will also ensure that appropriate support is arranged for you. This could include access, examination arrangements, library access and study arrangements.
The Disability Service welcomes enquiries from applicants or students with dyslexia, chronic medical and mental health conditions, sensory impairments or physical access needs. All information disclosed to the Disability Service about your disability will be treated as sensitive personal information as defined by the Data Protection Act (1998) and will not be passed on to your academic departments without your explicit signed consent.
The Disability Service can be contacted at
Tel: 0141 330 5497
HEI Hardship funds and childcare fund
This Government fund helps British full-time and part-time degree students paying home fees who are able to demonstrate actual or expected financial difficulties. Within this broad group of students the University has targeted: accommodation costs, including students who stay in designated University accommodation, students with childcare costs and associated excess travel costs, mature students and students with additional costs arising from a disability or special needs. If you feel any of these may apply to you and you would like to find out more vist:
Other sources of information on financial assistance
Certain charitable organisations may be able to offer you assistance. The Directory of Grant Making Trusts, published by the Charities Aid Foundation, and The Grants Register, published by MacMillan Press, will give you information and addresses. These publications are available for reference in most public libraries.
A computer programme called Fundfinder is available for consultation in the University’s Registry (West Office) during Registry opening hours.