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09-12-2008, 17:08   #1
 
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Grants in Scotland?

Is it right that I won't have to pay any tuition fees if I go study in Scotland. I have checked the SAAS website and this seems to be the case but I need to make sure.
Any responses would be appreciated.
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11-12-2008, 20:56   #2
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i found a thing the other day on the citizens information website that said if it's your first undergraduate course you dont have to pay fees if you're from the EU.

was trying to find the link but the website isnt working right now, ill have a look later and post it then.

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Scotland: Scottish students and EU students who started their first full-time degree course in Scotland do not pay fees. Those who graduate after 1 April 2007 do not have to pay the Graduate Endowment which is a fixed amount that some graduates have to pay at the end of their degree.
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i'm open to correction but i don't think you have to pay fees... well i hope not anyway!

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19-12-2008, 13:59   #3
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Nope you dont pay fee's.
That is the reason alot of Irish students go to Scotland instead of going to England (not sure about Wales) to finish off degrees.
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Just wondering do you know if I would be eligble for this grant? I started a degree course in Ireland in September but dropped out after 2 months. Would this mean that I wouldn't qualify as technically it wouldn't be my first full-time degree, even though I didn't complete it?
I know that if I apply to another course in Ireland next year that I will only have to pay full fees for the first half of my first year, and then fees as normal after that. Would it be the same case with Scotland?
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I could be wrong, but I think as long as it is the first time you are taking an undergraduate course in Scotland or possibly the UK, you will get the grant. So the fact you did a bit of an Irish degree should have no bearing on whether or not you get the Scottish grant.
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I could be wrong, but I think as long as it is the first time you are taking an undergraduate course in Scotland or possibly the UK, you will get the grant. So the fact you did a bit of an Irish degree should have no bearing on whether or not you get the Scottish grant.
That's exactly the question I'm trying to figure out at the minute (thank you search function!). If anyone can clarify it would be much appreciated
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You wont get a Scottish grant. The grant you will get (if you are entitled to one at all as it is means tested) is the Irish grant, i.e. the one from your local council. This is the same grant you get if you are studying in Ireland, the council will give it to you whether you are studying in Ireland or Scotland.

@ dinners ready! - why did you drop out of the course? If it was due to medical reasons (stress etc) you should be entitled to it again. You usually wont get the grant if you repeat a year but there are exceptions - medical reasons being one.

Your fee's will be paid by SAAS so you wont have to pay fee's.



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Your fee's will be paid by SAAS so you wont have to pay fee's.
You have any idea if this still applies if I've already done an undergrad in Ireland?
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You have any idea if this still applies if I've already done an undergrad in Ireland?
Yes as far as I know SAAS will pay the fees even if you have completed an degree in Ireland. I'm sure their website will clarify either way though.
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Is it right that I won't have to pay any tuition fees if I go study in Scotland. I have checked the SAAS website and this seems to be the case but I need to make sure.
Any responses would be appreciated.
Yes that is right. I did my degree in Scotland and am now doing post grad here too. Fees are paid by SAAS. Used to be some kind of thing where you had to pay back a certain amount after graduation, (only a small percentage at that) but thats been done away with too
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Yes as far as I know SAAS will pay the fees even if you have completed an degree in Ireland. I'm sure their website will clarify either way though.
Oh and yep, they def still pay the fees even if your original degree was in Ireland. A few of my flatmates on the same course as me completed their degrees in Ireland.
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just checked the saas website there. im just finishing 1st year of study here in ireland, so if i were to transfer over to scotland and continue studying the degree over there(2nd to final year say), i would still get the mature students grant im currently getting from my vec, and i may qualify for an allowence from the saas aswell, is that right?
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Hi, Iv got a conditional offer to finish my higher degree course in one of the unis in Edinburgh. I no that i can get a grant from my local VEC, but does anyone know if the rates are the same as those that you get when your studying in Ireland? Is there any difference in the means test?
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09-04-2009, 16:58   #14
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I've been looking into Scotland myself as Aberdeen does a great politics course.
I'll be finished my BA in a couple of years and would love to do Aberdeen's politics course.

The SAAS website says;
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We will not normally pay tuition fees, the Bursary or the Additional Loan if you have previously been on a full-time higher education course at HNC, HND, degree or equivalent level, and had help from public funds to do so. However you can still apply for the student loan and any supplementary grants that may apply to you, including travel expenses.
Does the BA on free fees count as an equivalent level?
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I could be wrong, but I think as long as it is the first time you are taking an undergraduate course in Scotland or possibly the UK, you will get the grant.
Shouldn't that be Scotland, or possibly the rest of the UK?

Please clarify.

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