Notice: The funding team are currently working on a large volume of applications for Bursary and EMA, once you receive notification that you Bursary/EMA has been awarded you will receive payments usually within 5 days.  EMA is not due to be paid until 25 September 2020.

Funding your studies can seem daunting but please don’t worry. We’ve put together some key facts on the various types of funding available depending on the kind of course you’re planning to study. 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

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 Inverness College UHI:

  • 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.

Course fees: 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. Further information on course fees.


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

Inverness College UHI 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 here: How to Apply for your Funding

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


Funding Quick Guides

A Student's Guide to Funding