Bursary Ready Reckoner
Bursary awards have three parts:
  • Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) or bursary maintenance
  • Travel assistance (if you live more than a 2-mile radius from the college)
  • Essential study items for your chosen course
Full-time students on non-advanced courses can apply for travel and study costs, and either Bursary or EMA, depending on age. You would apply for EMA if you are 16 years of age by 30th September 2018 and will not turn 20 before your course ends. Students who are Winter Leavers (i.e. those who turn 16 between 1st October 2018 and 28th February 2019), are eligible for EMA from January 2019.

Otherwise, you would apply for bursary maintenance.

Part-time students on non-advanced courses can apply for EMA (16-19-year-olds only)

Students on advanced level courses such as HNC, HND or degree level courses should apply to SAAS at

To find out whether you may be eligible for funding, please see the Funding Guide

Students in receipt of benefits
If you are entitled to remain on DWP benefits during your course, such as Employment Support Allowance, Universal Credit or Income Support, you can only apply for a bursary for travel and course materials. The maintenance amounts below will not apply (this does not include PIP or DLA).

How much could I get?
EMA is means tested on your parent/guardian’s household income as shown below:

Household income Weekly Allowance
£24,421 or less£30
£26,884 and more than one dependent child£30

Bursary maintenance
The examples below assume that you have no siblings in full-time education and that you have no unearned income of your own.

Age 20-24 parentally dependant
Maximum weekly maintenance award: 2018-19: £78.17

Parents' household income Weekly maintenance bursary
Up to £24,274£78.17

‘Parent’s household’ means your parents, or your parent and their partner, or your guardian and their partner. 

If you have a sibling aged 16 or under in full-time education, an extra allowance of £152 per child is made. If you have a sibling under the age of 25 who is in full-time college or university education, the parental contribution will be divided between you.

25 and over, or self-supporting
Maximum weekly maintenance award £98.79

Partner/spouse incomeWeekly maintenance bursary
Up to £20,643£98.79

Note: the above does not include travel or course materials. 

If you are under 25, you may be classed as self-supporting if you:
  • Have a child who is dependent on you
  • Are estranged from your parents
  • Have no living parents
  • Have supported yourself from earnings or benefits for periods adding up to three years
  • Are married or living in an established relationship at least 3 months prior to your course start date
  • Have had a tenancy in your own name continuously for at least 3 years prior to your course start date
Please speak to Student Services for more information about this.

Other allowances
Students under 18 years of age with an established permanent home of their own, or whose parents'/guardians' home is not deemed to be a reasonable travelling distance from the college, may be eligible for a weekly allowance in addition to any EMA payment they receive.  This allowance is means-tested and will be paid at a maximum weekly rate of £39.27 per week.

In certain instances, bursary funds may be used to contribute towards the accommodation costs of students residing in College-approved Halls of Residence during term-time, to a maximum of £116.79 per week.  Students who may wish to reside in Halls of Residence should contact Student Services for further information.

Any questions?
If you have any questions about this ready reckoner or bursary funding in general, please speak to a member of our Student Services Team

Phone: 0131 669 4400

In person: Student Services teams are located on the ground floor at each of our campuses.

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