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I am studying a full-time Advanced Course, e.g. Higher National Certificate or Diploma Course (HNC/HND). What type of funding is available to me?

Please note that the following information applies to new students who are entering Higher Education for the first time in 2013/14. Full details are available via the SAAS website - www.saas.gov.uk.

Closing Date for 2013/14 applications is 31 March 2014. However you should apply before 30th June 2013 to ensure your funding is in place prior to the start date of your course.
If SAAS receive your application after this date you will receive no support, including tuition fees.

Tuition fees
Eligible Scottish domiciled students will have their tuition fees paid (dependent on any previous study). However, students must apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) if they are to have fees paid on their behalf. EU/EEA Nationals should check their eligibility for funding on the EU/EEA section of the SAAS website.

If you do not meet residence or other requirements you will be required to pay the tuition fee yourself.

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What funding is available to support me at College?

The following may be available depending on individual circumstances:

Student Loan - of which an element is means-tested. Any eligible student can apply for the non-means tested element.

Young Student Bursary - this is a non-repayable grant for students with low household income who are:
• under 25 at the start of their course, single and not independent;

Independent Student Bursary - this is a non-repayable grant for students with low household income who are:
• over 25 at the start of their course; or
• satisfy the criteria to be classed as an independent student

Supplementary Grants - which are non-repayable, are available to students in certain categories. These grants are usually means-tested, e.g:

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How do I apply for SAAS funding?

Apply online via the SAAS website: www.saas.gov.uk.

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How are payments made?

Loans and grants are paid in monthly instalments on the 7th of each month. The payments are usually made directly into your bank account.

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What should I do if I am unsure about my eligibility for funding?

If you are unsure of your situation you should contact SAAS in the first instance. You can also ask for advice from Aberdeen College:
Student Funding Advisers/Student Services Reception

Tel: 01224 612284
Email:
guidance@nescol.ac.uk

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How do I repay my student loan?

The loan must be repaid once you are employed and earning above a certain salary (currently £16,365 per annum). The repayment will start the April after you graduate or leave your course. The amount you pay back depends on what you earn.

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How can I find out more information about a student loan?

You can contact:
The Student Loans Company Ltd
100 Bothwell Street
Glasgow G2 7JD
Tel: 0845 026 2019
Web: www.slc.co.uk

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Are there any additional sources of funding available to students on advanced courses?

Please see the sections on state benefits and additional sources of funding

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Funding International Students

The regulations regarding international students and tuition fees/student support are complex. If you have any questions about whether you will pay the 'home' or 'overseas' rate of fee for your course, or if there is any financial support available to help you in your studies, please contact Student Services to arrange an appointment with:
Zuzana Banicova
International Guidance Tutor
Tel: 01224 612635
Email:

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