Scottish universities

The details given in the earlier sections apply to universities in England, Northern Ireland and Wales (although some variations in tuition fees, and grants for tuition fees, apply in Wales).

Scotland has a somewhat different system, which falls under the control of the Scottish Executive (Scottish Government), and is administered by the Students Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).

The most important point to note is that the Scottish Executive has decided to make Scottish Universities free to all residents of Scotland; or rather, the Scottish Executive pays their tuition fees. These are in any case set at the lower rate of £1820 p.a. (but £2895 for courses in medicine). UK students from outside Scotland can receive loans to pay Scottish tuition fees in the usual way.

Loans and grants for maintenance are available in the same way as they are in the rest of the UK.

Students Awards Agency for Scotland: www.student-support-saas.gov.uk

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