FUNDING FOR EU STUDENTS
EU students studying at undergraduate level at UWS may be entitled to support towards tuition fees.
The Scottish Government has confirmed that EU students, studying full time for their first degree and enrolling in the 2019/20 and 2020/21 academic sessions, will be eligible to have their tuition fees paid by the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for their full period of study.
Eligible EU students admitted to UWS will retain their Scottish/EU fee status for the full duration of their studies, and are entitled to full tuition fee support from SAAS.
Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS)
If you are an EU national coming to study full-time in Scotland, you may be eligible for funding from the SAAS. 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.
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.
Further information on eligibility and the application process can be found on the SAAS website.
If you are coming to UWS as part of the ERASMUS+ programme, you should maintain any entitlement to student support you have through your home institution/country. You are unable to claim funding through the Scottish Government.
If you have any questions, you should seek advice about funding through your home institution.
Supporting your cost of living
When you come to study at UWS as an EU student 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 are 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 Additional Financial Support webpage. Click on the link and you will find a lot of resources to help get you started. Just remember, we can’t possibly include every fund on our webpage, so don’t limit yourself to this page alone.
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.
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.
While the University can accept applications from all students for help meeting the cost of childcare, as an international 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.Discretionary & Childcare Funds
Alternative Funding Sources
While the University can accept applications from all students for help meeting the cost of childcare, as an international 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.Alternative Trusts & Scholarships