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Financial Support for College Students Written Answer, 5/05/15 [S]

Written answer given in response to Margaret McDougall (Lab) question asking the Scottish Government what it is doing to ensure that college students are receiving sufficient financial support.

The Cabinet Secreatry for Education and Lifelong Learning, Angela Constance replied, that in the current academic year we are investing a record 104 million in further education student support meaning that students can receive bursaries of up to 93.03 per week. College bursaries rose in line with inflation in 2014-15 and will do so again in 2015-16. Unlike the UK Government, we have also retained the Education Maintenance Allowance. For those students studying higher education courses at college (HNC/HND), a minimum income guarantee of 7,500 is available for those with a household income of less than 17,000. All students, irrespective of circumstances, are eligible for a student loan of 4,750. Each college also operates a discretionary fund. These funds are intended to provide assistance for students in financial difficulties in order for them to access and/or continue their studies.

For the full answer to this and other questions see the Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 5 May 2015 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 5 May 2015