More higher education students than ever before are receiving financial assistance from the Scottish Government, including through the Care Experienced Bursary.
Statistics out today (30 October) show 147,920 full-time students received support in 2017/18, an increase of 3.1% on the previous year. Of this group, 53,620 students received a grant or bursary, up 2.8% on the previous year, with the average paid per student up 6% to £1420
Average full time student support in Scotland is now at £5,970 per student in 2017/18, an increase of 1.4% from 2016/17.
545 full-time undergraduate students benefitted from the Care Experienced Bursary of £7,625, which was introduced for 2017/18 and increased to £8,100 in 2018-19.
Higher Education Minister Richard Lochhead said:
“Higher Education in Scotland is based on the ability to learn, not the ability to pay.
“The Scottish Government is investing a record amount in student support. As a result, more students – including those from the most deprived backgrounds – are benefiting from free tuition and the maximum level of grant or bursary. I am also pleased to see the level of uptake of the Care Experienced Bursary in its first year.
“We are continuing to drive forward the recommendations of the Commission on Widening Access so that every child, no matter their background or circumstances, has an equal chance of going to university by 2030.”
Read the full statistical news release: https://news.gov.scot/news/higher-education-student-support-for-scotland-2017-18
The Care Experienced Bursary is payable on the first day of the first academic year of the recipient’s course, was available for eligible undergraduate students under the age of 26 who have been looked after by a local authority. Students eligible for this bursary are not entitled to apply for a student loan for living costs