All eligible* full-time undergraduate students will have their tuition fees paid by the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS)

You are considered an eligible* student if:

  • You are studying full-time
  • You are applying at degree level for the first time
  • You are ordinarily resident in Scotland

*Please note there may be other factors which could influence your eligibility other than the three listed above. For further information please see the Student Information Scotland website:

Student Information Scotland is your guide to student finance in Scotland.

As a prospective student of RCS, you are responsible for applying to SAAS, and as such must heed any deadline they set, or risk not receiving any tuition support. You are advised to apply as soon as possible after April 1st and not wait for an unconditional offer. You should apply to SAAS for payment of tuition fees on an annual basis even if you are not applying for any other means of support, i.e. a student loan.

SAAS Student Support Rates 19-20

Full details of the support available for Scottish students in 2020/2021 can be found at:

If you’re not eligible for SAAS funding you might wish to consider an application to the Carnegie Trust.  The Trust runs an Undergraduate Tuition Fee Grants Scheme which aims to support students who do not receive government funding towards the costs of their tuition fees following withdrawal from a previous course of study, academic repeats or because of their residence status.

The scheme supports the cost of tuition fees. To apply, you must be:

  • Studying towards a first undergraduate degree; (The majority of the students we support will have attended university or college in the past but did not complete their course.) In exceptional circumstances, applications from students who already have a university degree level qualification may be considered at the discretion of the Trust. If you have graduated before, please contact the Trust to check your eligibility.
  • On a full-time, part-time or distance learning undergraduate degree course offered by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

UG Tuition Fee grants cover the cost of tuition fees up to a maximum of £1,820 (the Scottish “Home” tuition fee rate). Depending on applicants’ financial circumstances, students are awarded either the full “home” rate, or any part thereof that the Trust deems appropriate.
No support is available towards maintenance costs (such as rent, living expenses, travel etc.).
The fee grant is paid directly by the Trust to the university attended by the student. Successful applicants will be sent an award letter which they must present to their university. The university will then invoice the Trust for the tuition fees.

More information on the Trust and the Undergraduate Tuition Fee Grants Scheme can be found on The Carnegie Trust website.

Student loans

Whether you qualify for a student loan depends on:

  • your university or college
  • your course
  • if you’ve studied a higher education course before
  • your age
  • your nationality or residency status

Generally all UK Royal Conservatoire students who are under the age of 60 at the start of their course and meet the residence requirements are eligible to apply for a student loan for maintenance.    Applications for a loan from Scottish students should be made through SAAS on an annual basis. Further information regarding student loans is available from SAAS and the Student Loans Company website. EU students are not eligible to apply for a UK student loan.

Postgraduate courses

One year Masters students can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £5,500 and a non-income assessed living loan up to £4,500.

Two year Masters students can apply for a tuition fee loan up to £2,750 per year and a non-income assessed living cost loan up to £2,250 per year.

Students following a part-time Masters programme can apply for a pro-rata tuition fee loan. The living cost loan is not available to part-time students.

For more information visit the SAAS website.




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