The Scottish Government recently announced an increase in support for Scottish-domiciled students who wish to undertake Postgraduate study in 2017.
Eligible students will now be able to apply for up to £10,000 as a combination of tuition fee and living cost loans, an increase of over 26% from the previous year.
Higher Education Minister Shirley-Anne Somerville confirmed that the changes aimed to make postgraduate study “more affordable for students” by “greatly widening the range of eligible courses.”
She also noted that postgraduate study “has benefits for individuals and the wider economy” and that these changes go “above and beyond” the recommendations in a recently completed review.
Students with a permanent residence in Scotland will be able to apply for their loan through the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) from April 2017. It will comprise of £5,500 for tuition fees and £4,500 toward living costs.
Unlike the previous scheme, these loans can also be used to pursue any Masters level course. Under the 2016 rules, only a small selection of courses were eligible.
Full-time Postgraduate students from elsewhere in the EU will remain eligible to apply for the tuition fee portion of the loan.
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