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Student Support Rates for 2015 - 2016 Written Answer, 5/05/15[S]

Written answer given in response to Iain Gray (Lab) question asking the Scottish Government what plans it has to publish information on student support rates for 2015-16 and for what reason there has been a delay in doing so.

The Cabinet Secreatry for Education and Lifelong Learning, Angela Constance replied, that the 2015-16 funding guide, which includes details of student support rates, became available on the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) website on 2 April 2015. The SAAS events team has distributed the guide at events since 26 March 2015. The SAAS website and online application service holds information for single academic years and application cycles to avoid confusion for students and to ensure that they receive the correct funding information for the correct academic year. The closure of an annual application cycle coincides with the opening of the next annual application cycle; it is at this time that SAAS will normally update its online information for students, as it has done this year. The Scottish Government is committed to free tuition and providing financial support for studentís living costs. Ministers will always take the opportunity (including in-year) to further improve student support when that is affordable.

For the full answer to this and other questions see the Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 1 May† 2015 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 1 May 2015