Fees and funding

Financial concerns needn’t deter you from training to teach. You could be eligible for help towards your tuition fees and living expenses.


Tuition fees
Eligible students will normally have their tuition fees paid by the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). To find out if you are eligible, visit the SAAS website or phone 0300 555 0505.

Allowance schemes
SAAS has allowance schemes for undergraduate and postgraduate students to help towards living costs. You might be entitled to a loan, bursary or living-cost grant. Find out more by visiting the SAAS website or by phoning them on 0300 555 0505.

In October 2017 the Scottish Government announced bursaries of up to £20,000 for eligible career changers to undertake initial teacher training in STEM shortage subjects. For more information visit the government website.

Other sources of financial aid
Universities have funds which they use to help students in financial difficulties. To find out more, get in touch with the Student Support or Student Services team at the university you would like to go to. You should make sure you apply as early as you can as the funds are limited and run out quickly.

If you have no other form of financial support, you may be able to apply for a Professional Career Development Loan. This is a bank loan that can be used to cover up to 80% of your programme fees plus related expenses. For more information call 0800 100 900 or visit www.gov.uk/career-development-loans.

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