For some students, getting funding for study is easy. Most UK students can access the student loan system and even some students from overseas can apply for a loan to study in Scotland. However, for others, it is not that straight forward. If you want to come to RCS to study but you know that finding the cash might be difficult, take a look at Assistant Registrar at RCS, Sarah Rushforth’s, advice.
I’m Sarah Rushforth and I’ve been working in higher education for 15 years. I’ve been at the RCS for 13 years in student support-related roles and I’m passionate about helping students navigate the complexities of student funding. I also support those from overseas with visa issues and assist students to study abroad as part of their course. I love the dedication of the students at RCS and I believe that high-quality student support is an essential part of the student experience.
Start your research early
Even if you don’t yet have an offer for your chosen course, imagine that you do! Being prepared in advance is essential so check out all the options on the RCS funding pages. Remember that effective research should also involve you considering in detail how much money you will need in Glasgow.
Think outside the box
Social media has had a major impact on student life in recent years and many people use it to great advantage! Crowdfunding can be a fantastic way to raise money, particularly for creative people who are good at showing off their talents. Check out this excellent blog by Save the Student on how to crowdfund.
Take advantage of what is available
If you have access to student loans then take them. At RCS we expect successful applicants to have exploited all financial avenues available to them and whilst we do award music scholarships based on talent, any award made by RCS will never be enough to cover all your costs.
This might seem obvious, and for some it won’t be possible, but if you can do it then you should. Traditionally, students relied on funding for at least some of their study costs through part-time employment but the Covid-19 pandemic will make this more difficult. Gone are the days (at least for now!) where student jobs are plentiful. What should you do if you absolutely need to get a job to fund your study costs? Try to be adaptable and look carefully at what type of work is available in Glasgow. If you don’t have skills in these areas, try to develop them in the time between submitting your application and starting your course.
Having significant money worries whilst studying can be hugely stressful and it can make your course much less enjoyable. The RCS has a number of hardship funds available to assist students with their living costs in the short-term but if you know that you’ll have a huge shortfall then think carefully about accepting an offer of a place. The International and Student Experience team welcome any questions about funding via firstname.lastname@example.org