Care Experienced Bursaries

Care Experienced Bursaries

Scottish Government has committed to supporting students who have experienced being in care at any point of their lives. As a group, care experienced young people are more disadvantaged than some of their peers and through the provision of the Care Experienced Bursary, Scottish Government hopes to have a positive impact on retention and success of our care experienced students. 

Courses below HNC level

Care experienced students studying full-time courses below HNC level can apply through the College for the FE Care Experienced Bursary. This is £202.50 per week with an additional amount for travel added if you live more than 2 miles from your campus. Students who have been in care at any time are eligible to apply. You will need to provide a letter from your Social Worker to confirm that you have experienced care. Don’t worry if you’re not sure, we can help you to access the right support. 

How to Apply

When you get an offer of a place on a course, the College will automatically send an activation email to the email address provided on your course application form. You can then start filling out your funding form. You only need to fill out one form and we will assess which type of funding you are eligible for, including travel expenses and course materials, based on your age and personal circumstances. We can also help you with your online form, by telephoning 0141 375 5190 or you can drop into the one of the College Campuses. We are open all year (except for the usual public holidays), Monday to Friday, 08:45 to 16:45.

If you do not have access to a computer, don’t worry, you can now apply on most smartphones and tablets, or let us know and we can invite you into the College and help you fill out the online funding form.

Courses at HNC, HND and Degree level

Care experienced students studying above SCQF level 6 must apply to the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for their funding. SAAS have included a Care Experienced Bursary of £8,100. Over a 41 week course, this works out at £675 per month and is usually paid on 7th of each month. You will need to budget because you won’t be paid during the summer months but you can apply for help with rent costs over the summer through the Accommodation Grant for Care Experience Students.

If things don’t go as planned and you need to repeat a year or decide to study a different subject, SAAS have introduced an additional ‘Plus One’ rule for care experienced students to allow for progression when you’re ready. 

How to Apply

You must apply for funding every year that you are studying and apply directly to SAAS. You will need to register your online account through the website to make an application. Students starting courses in August 2019 will be able to apply from mid-April 2019 with applications closing on 31 March 2020.

Applications with no errors and all supporting documents submitted by 30 June are guaranteed to be assessed before your course starts, so it’s important to make an early application. 

If you need any help, please contact our Student Advisor who is named contact for Care Experienced Young People at or come along to one of our Get Ready for College Events