SAAS 2020-2021: Your Questions Answered (1)

Page last updated: 02/04/2020 at 15:06

Because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, many young people have expressed feelings of concern and uncertainty around the funding of their studies for the next academic year. We've collected the most up-to-date advice from the Scottish Government and the Student Awards Agency Scotland here so you can rest assured knowing that you have the latest information.

Will SAAS still be accepting funding applications for the 2020-2021 academic year?

Applications for funding in 2020/2021 are open as usual from the 1st of April 2020

Yes! You are encouraged to apply as soon as possible and make sure your application is received before 30th June to guarantee your funding is in place for the start of your course.

How do I apply?

SAAS has a shiny new website which has just launched, making applications easier than ever before. Visit the website to find out what information you'll need and to start your application.

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Are any funding provisions affected by COVID-19?

Unfortunately, SAAS is not currently accepting applications for the Part-Time Fee Grant (PTFG). The PTFG is a fee grant provided to learning providers, and SAAS are continuing to work with providers to minimise the disruption caused by this. The eligibility and scheme rules have not changed. All other funding schemes, including regular student loans, the Disabled Student Allowance, the Nursing and Midwifery Student Bursary, and the Care Experienced Student Bursary, remain unaffected.

I am currently still in my student accommodation - can I return home?

Following the latest advice from the Scottish Government and the Chief Medical Officer, you should remain in your student accommodation and only leave the house for exceptions such as shopping for food and other essentials, seeking medical assistance, travelling to and from work where you can't work from home, and one period of exercise per day. Further information on these exceptions and other social distancing measures can be found on The Scottish Government's coronavirus information page.

Due to COVID-19, I have either had to end my accommodation lease early to return home or have had to extend the end of my lease to remain in my accommodation. Will my university or provider allow this?

The Minister for Further and Higher Education, Mr Lochhead, wrote to colleges, universities (copied to the networks involving student accommodation providers, so that it also reaches private sector providers) on the 27th of March to ask that they are sympathetic towards students, who need to either end their lease early or extend their stay beyond their existing agreements. 

If my exams are delayed until later in the year or my course is extended by a few months, will I continue to receive funding?

It's hard to assess the full impact of COVID-19 right now. Individual colleges and universities should prepare mitigation plans to minimise the impact on the delivery of teaching. If any changes are made to timetables, further communications will be issued about student support. The best thing to do right now is to keep a close eye on the website and social media channels for both your institution and SAAS for the latest updates.

Where can I find more information?

You can find the most up-to-date information on the SAAS website. Some useful links include information for students, information for parents and carers, and more FAQs about how COVID-19 affects funding.

You can find the latest medical advice on NHS Inform. Visit The Scottish Government's COVID-19 website for more Government guidance.

For more information about the coronavirus from Young Scot, visit our landing page.