Funding your studies can seem daunting but please don’t worry. We want to make your funding journey as easy as possible so that you don’t have money worries when you start your course. The support available depends on what you are studying with how, how you choose to study and your personal circumstances. Please have a look at our Funding Quick Guides below for more information.

Alternatively, the new Scottish Government Student Information website provides up to date information for students across both Further Education and Higher Education (FE and HE). You can also get an estimate of the amount of funding you may be entitled to receive.

Further Education

For Further Education (FE) courses (SCQF level 1 to 6), such as Highers, NC, Access, Intro To, Prepare For or Step Into courses, the following funds are available subject to certain qualifying criteria, as defined by the Scottish Funding Council.

  • Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)
  • Further Education Bursary, Travel and Study Allowance
  • FE Childcare Fund
  • FE Discretionary Hardship Fund

If you are under 22 years of age, you are eligible for free bus travel on registered bus services. You will need to apply for a new or replacement National Entitlement Card (NEC) or Young Scot National Entitlement Care (Young Scot NEC). You can apply online at Funding for students under 22 whose journeys to college cannot be covered by the free bus travel will be considered on a case by case basis.

Higher Education

For Higher Education (HE) courses, such as HNC, HND and Degrees, funds are available subject to certain qualifying criteria, as defined by the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).

If you would like to talk to someone about your SAAS application, please contact our Student Support team by email or telephone on 01463 273 208.

Additional support may be available, depending on your circumstances, from the following funds administered by UHI Inverness:

  • HE Childcare Fund
  • HE Discretionary Hardship Fund

Continued financial support for all funds, both Further Education and Higher Education, is based on appropriate attendance and engagement, which will be monitored on an ongoing basis.

Normally, if you're studying full-time for the first time and live in Scotland, your HE course fees will be covered through your application to SAAS. You may also be able to apply for a part-time fee grant for HE programmes. Find out about course fees.

The Student Funding Team

The Student Funding Team is based at our main campus and is there to offer you advice and assistance to ensure that you continue to receive your funding throughout the whole time that you are at college.

If you have any questions or need help with any aspect of funding whilst at college, then we are always happy to help.

Applying for funds

UHI Inverness operates an online funding application system via The Student Hub. Students looking to apply for funding will be able to do this once you have accepted an unconditional offer of a place on the course and funding opens.  You will be notified of your login and password to the email address you gave us on your application.

Full instructions on How to apply for your funding are available.

Your application is only considered complete once you have submitted all the documents requested.

SAAS (Student Awards Agency for Scotland) assess eligibility for HE tuition fees, student loans and bursaries. Application can be made online at


Email: The Student Funding Team

Telephone: 01463 273 482