Funding for EU Students

Make sure you understand your Tuition Fee Status as this will impact the funding you may be eligible for.

If you are an EU national, it is important to understand how the UK's departure from the European Union may affect your eligibility for support from the Scottish Government.

Postgraduate Social Work courses fall under the remit of the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and you can find more information about this in the section below.

EU Nationals who started studies at UWS in 2020-21 or earlier

The UK left the European Union on 31 January 2020. The UK then entered a transition period that ended on 31 December 2020. Brexit will have an effect on some areas of life in Scotland, which will include Higher Education.

You will find lots of helpful information on the SAAS website.

Under EU reciprocal arrangements that were in place until Brexit, eligible EU students coming to Scotland to study in 2020/21 academic sessions or earlier, will be eligible to apply for tuition fee support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for their full period of study. This does not apply if you are starting a new or different course.

If you started a course in 2020-2021 or earlier, you will remain eligible for this support for the duration of the course.

You cannot claim any support through the Scottish Government for living costs, so it is vitally important you consider how you will support yourself during your studies.

Please visit our Money Advice pages for information on how you can make your money go further.

*If you are an EU National with settled status, and have been living in Scotland or the UK for more than 3 years, you may be eligible to be treated as a Scottish student in respect of funding and apply to SAAS for a full package of support. If you think this applies to you, contact SAAS for further advice.

Student Awards Agency Scotland

If you meet the criteria noted above and wish to apply to SAAS for tuition fee support, it is important to ensure you meet all eligibility criteria. 

SAAS will not fund your studies if you are studying in Scotland for one year as part of your course at your home institution, to which you will transfer credits, return to and graduate from.

SAAS may also consider whether you have already achieved a degree for which you received support from your home country, another EU member state or the European Social Fund.

Further information on eligibility and the application process can be found on the SAAS website.

Remember that your support will be in the form of a loan, which needs to be paid back. You do not have to take out the student loan, or can elect to take out only a proportion of what you are offered. The student loan is repayable and does accrue interest but it is much cheaper than other types of finance such as bank loans, overdrafts or credit cards.

Find out more about how the student loan works here.

EU Nationals living in Scotland with settled or pre-settled status

The UK left the European Union on 31 January 2020. The UK then entered a transition period that ended on 31 December 2020. Brexit will have an effect on some areas of life in Scotland, which will include Higher Education.

You will find lots of helpful information on the SAAS website.

Eligible EU students with settled or pre-settled status will be eligible to apply for tuition fee support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for their full period of study.

You cannot claim any support through the Scottish Government for living costs, so it is vitally important you consider how you will support yourself during your studies.

Please visit our Money Advice pages for information on how you can make your money go further.

*If you are an EU National with settled status, and have been living in Scotland or the UK for more than 3 years, you may be eligible to be treated as a Scottish student in respect of funding and apply to SAAS for a full package of support. If you think this applies to you, contact SAAS for further advice.

Student Awards Agency Scotland

If you meet the criteria noted above and wish to apply to SAAS for tuition fee support, it is important to ensure you meet all eligibility criteria. 

SAAS will not fund your studies if you are studying in Scotland for one year as part of your course at your home institution, to which you will transfer credits, return to and graduate from.

SAAS may also consider whether you have already achieved a degree for which you received support from your home country, another EU member state or the European Social Fund.

Further information on eligibility and the application process can be found on the SAAS website.

PGDE students are funded through the undergraduate funding system, so be sure to check the Undergraduate section of the SAAS website if looking for funding information for this course.

Remember that your support will be in the form of a loan, which needs to be paid back. You do not have to take out the student loan, or can elect to take out only a proportion of what you are offered. The student loan is repayable and does accrue interest but it is much cheaper than other types of finance such as bank loans, overdrafts or credit cards.

Find out more about how the student loan works here.

EU national arriving in the UK after 1 January 2021

From 01 January 2021 the new Student immigration route will take the place of the previous Tier 4 route. All prospective international higher education students, including EU, EEA and Swiss nationals coming to the UK on or after 01 January 2021, will need to apply to the Student route and you can find out more here.

As an International Student you will be unable to apply to the Scottish or UK Government for financial support, and will be subject to the International tuition fee rate.

As you cannot claim any support for tuition or living costs, it is vitally important you consider how you will support yourself during your studies.

Please visit our Money Advice pages for information on how you can make your money go further.

Republic of Ireland

The UK left the European Union on 31 January 2020. The UK then entered a transition period that ended on 31 December 2020. Brexit will have an effect on some areas of life in Scotland, which will include Higher Education.

You will find lots of helpful information on the SAAS website.

The UK's departure from the European Union has impacted students from the Republic of Ireland differently that other students from elsewhere in the EU. You should be sure to read the Tuition Fee Status information carefully to ensure you best understand how your circumstances impact your Tuition Fee Status.

Students who normally live in the Republic of Ireland will have a fee status of Republic of Ireland and may apply to Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for a tuition fee loan.

You cannot claim any support through the Scottish Government for living costs, so it is vitally important you consider how you will support yourself during your studies.

Please visit our Money Advice pages for information on how you can make your money go further.

Student Awards Agency Scotland

If you meet the criteria noted above and wish to apply to SAAS for tuition fee support, it is important to ensure you meet all eligibility criteria. 

Further information on eligibility and the application process can be found on the SAAS website.

PGDE students are funded through the undergraduate funding system, so be sure to check the Undergraduate section of the SAAS website if looking for funding information for this course.

Remember that your support will be in the form of a loan, which needs to be paid back. You do not have to take out the student loan, or can elect to take out only a proportion of what you are offered. The student loan is repayable and does accrue interest but it is much cheaper than other types of finance such as bank loans, overdrafts or credit cards.

Find out more about how the student loan works here.

Scottish Social Services Council Bursary

Postgraduate Bursaries are available for nominated and eligible students studying the MSc Social Work at UWS. This is administered through the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) and is usually only available to students who were born in Scotland, have lived most of their life here, and have a current address here.

There are a few exceptions to this which are detailed in the SSSC Guidance Notes document below. This can include EU nationals who may be ordinarily resident in Scotland and have lived in the UK for last three years. If you are unsure about your eligibility, please contact the SSSC.

If you are eligible to apply, funding is limited and subject to a quota. Students must be nominated by the University, who will have a set number of funded places. Nominations are at the discretion of the academic teaching team, who you should contact directly with any questions relating to this process.

The bursary is made up of:

  • Tuition fees, which are paid directly to the University on your behalf. Please be aware that the maximum award available may not cover your tuition in full. You will be responsible for meeting the cost of any shortfall.
  • Means tested maintenance grant and additional allowances depending on circumstances. Your personal situation and household income is used to determine this support. If you are under 25, this will usually be based on your parent’s income. Additional allowances may be available for parents in the form of a single parent allowance, dependents allowance and childcare allowance.
  • Placement Travel Expenses to help with any additional costs associated with the practice placement.

Please see the documents below for information. While these refer to the 2017/18 academic session, the funding remains unchanged and we will update this information if and when any changes are announced:

There is no guarantee that a University will nominate a student for a Bursary and they may have more students than quota places. If you have studied a Postgraduate course previously this may also affect your eligibility.

Please note, if you are not nominated to apply for the Bursary, or are not eligible to receive the Bursary, you cannot apply to SAAS for funding, but may find useful information in the section below.

For further information, please contact the SSSC.

Supporting your cost of living

When you come to study at UWS it is really important to understand that you will not be able to apply for any financial support to help meet your cost of living. You should plan ahead for these costs before arriving in Scotland and we have a lot of tools to help you do this. Visit our Money and Debt Advice for more information on managing your money effectively, and specifically our Budgeting and Planning to help you prepare a budget for your time at University.

Alternative Sources of Funding

There are lots of alternative sources of funding, like charities and trusts, that can help finance your studies. These can include grants that can pay tuition fees, living cost support and funding for research expenses so this can be a good avenue to explore whether you have been unable to get funding through the above sources, or a simply looking to top this up.

When searching for additional financial support, it is important to understand that this can take up a lot of time. While there is no guarantee that you will find a source of funds for you, you definitely won’t find anything if you don’t try.

This type of funding can vary from small amounts, such as £200, to larger amounts that might cover your full tuition fee for a year. Most students who achieve success with these types of funds do so because they continually research and apply to everything they can. Numerous grants of £200 can really add up.

It’s also important to remember that most of these funds are competitive, similar to applying for a job. Many people might apply, but there may be only one award available. As such, it is important that you spend time on any application. Carefully follow any guidance notes and make sure your application will stand out in a crowd.

The best place to start exploring this avenue is through our Alternative Trusts and Scholarships page. Click on the link below and you will find a lot of resources to help get you started. Just remember, we can’t possibly include every fund on our page, so don’t limit yourself to this page alone.

Self-funded Students

It's important to remember that you are responsible for meeting the cost of tuition throughout your studies, so if you do not apply for support, or are not eligible to receive this, you will be classed as a self-funded student and will be expected to meet this cost yourself.

It's important to plan ahead if you are going to be funding your studies yourself. In most cases, you will be able to spread the cost over the academic year, but that is still an additional monthly expense that you should plan for. You will also be required to pay a deposit at the point you enrol, and enrolment will not be completed until this is done, meaning any student funding you are due to receive will be delayed.

Check out our information on Tuition Fee Payment Plans.

If you are self-funding, we encourage you to plan ahead by visiting our Budgeting and Planning web pages. 

Managing your money

Once you have a better understanding of the funding you can receive, it’s important to start thinking about what you need to spend it on and how far it will stretch. Visit our Money and Debt Advice section for advice on budgeting, and making your money go further.

Last updated: 05/03/2021

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