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Funding for EU Students

If you are an EU national coming to study full-time in Scotland, you may be eligible for funding from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS).

To qualify for support you must meet the residence criteria and be undertaking an eligible course of higher education and plan to graduate in Scotland.

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.

You must not already have a degree for which you received support from your home country, another EU member state or the European Social Fund.

Funding for eligible EU students is restricted to tuition fees only. You cannot apply for any further bursaries or loans through the Scottish Government so it is important that you have enough funding to meet the cost of living in Scotland.

You can find useful advice and guidance on managing your money on our money and debt advice webpages.

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

Additional Funding

While the University can accept applications from all students for help meeting the cost of childcare, as an EU student you will be unable to claim any further funding, such as discretionary or hardship funds, to help meet your living costs. You should therefore ensure you carefully consider the financial implications of study and take the time to plan ahead appropriately.

Find out more about childcare funds.

If there isn’t a statutory source of funding for you or your course, you may wish to consider more alternative sources of funding such as trust funds and scholarships.

Find out more about additional sources of funding.


If you are coming to UWS as part of the ERASMUS programme, you are unable to claim funding through the Scottish Government and should seek advice about funding through your home institution.



Last updated: 22/08/2017

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