Independent students


Further Education (Highers, NC, SVQ, Access, Intro to, Prepare for, Step into etc)

  • Single, aged 25 years and over
  • Studying full time
  • Under 25 years of age have self-supported financially for at least 3 years
  • Having a dependent child

Funding is subject to certain qualifying criteria as defined by the Scottish Government including residence requirements and household income.

Student statusMay be considered for:Information required:Documents required may include:

Independent student

  • Tuition fees 
  • Travel Allowance
  • Study Materials
  • Maximum Weekly Payment of £125.55
  • Personal Details
  • Education
  • Bank Details
  • Travel Details
  • Student Income
  • Birth Certificate, Valid Passport, Driving Licence or Young Scot Card
  • Proof of Student Income (3 years required if single and under 25 years of age)
  • Tax Credit Award Notice (2023/24) / Universal Credit Details (if applicable)
  • Child’s Birth Certificate (if applicable)
Student's weekly uneared income*Weekly maintenance estimate

Less than £24.19








*Unearned Income Includes: Working Tax Credits and Income from Trusts / Dividends

  • UHI Inverness operates an online funding application
  • You will be invited to apply once offered an unconditional place on a course and funding opens
  • Documents requested can be emailed to or handed into the Student Support Centre
  • Keep an eye on your Student Hub for further information about evidence you have provided
  • You will be notified of the decision about your award and details will be placed on your Student Hub