Education Funding

Funding sources

The Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS)

The SAAS website has information on a range of topics and some guides are available in Braille, large print or audio format:

  • Disabled Student’s Allowance and who can apply. In some circumstances students can also claim, or continue to claim: Disability Living Allowance / Personal Independence Payment
  • Non-Medical Personal Help information

Contact Details:
Tel: 0300 555 0505.

Education Maintenance Allowance

(EMA) If you’re aged 16 -19 years old and studying in Scotland. Additionally to qualify, households with one dependent child must be earning £24,421 per year or less, and households with more than one dependent child must be earning £26,884 or less, before tax.

  • You can get up to £30 a week to help you with the cost of learning
  • EMA can be paid for up to 3 years and up to 4 years if you have an additional support need
  • Applications are made via your college, school or Local Education Authority

The Scottish Government guide Helping you meet the costs of learning

has information on eligibility for funding and what’s available for different types of courses.
The guide covers:

  • further and higher education
  • postgraduate courses
  • adult and community learning
  • how student support affects your eligibility for welfare benefits

Grants and Trusts

You might also be eligible for help from trusts who offer grants to help towards the cost of further and higher education. Click Grants and Trusts link above.

Information last updated on 5 June 2020. Please note that information may be subject to change. All information is provided in good faith but Disability Information Scotland does not endorse any product or service referred to within this resource.

If you would like this information guide in another version then please contact us and we will post or email you a copy.

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