Student grant increase announced for care experienced young people in Scotland

The Scottish Government recently announced that every young college and university student with care experience in Scotland will have access to a grant of up to £8,100, from new investment of over £5 million pounds in 2018.

What does this mean?

For Care Experienced students coming to North East Scotland College on a FE course (SCQF Level 6 and below), they will receive a non-means tested weekly bursary maintenance award of £202.50 while attending College.

For Care Experienced students on HE courses (HNC/HND), they will receive an annual bursary of £8,100 from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).

This will, of course, depend on personal circumstances.

In addition to the new higher rate, Care Experienced students will continue to be eligible to receive additional funding elements, such as travel, study costs, additional support needs, childcare and discretionary awards.

Who qualifies?

The Care Experienced bursary rate will be offered to students who:

• Have ever, at any time in their lives, been looked after by a Local Authority in the UK; and

• Are beyond their statutory school leaving date (for most students this will mean a minimum age of 16; and

• Are under 26 on the first day of the first academic year of their course (for Higher Education (HNC and above) students, who start in the autumn term, this will be 1 August. For Further Education students, this will be the start date of their course).

If you would like to find out more we would be happy to meet you and give you information about what it's like to study at the at NESCol and the support available. 

Even if you're not ready to apply to College yet, feel free to get in touch for advice about your options. 

Please feel free to contact our Student Advice Centre prior to applying to discuss the financial support available to you to whilst studying.

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