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29/10/13 09:32

Higher Education Student Support In 2012-13

A National Statistics Publication for Scotland.

Scotland’s Chief Statistician today published statistics on Higher Education Student Support in Scotland 2012-13. The statistics in this release supersede those published by Scotland’s Chief Statistician on 24 October 2012.

The main findings include:

  • The total amount paid in tuition fees, bursaries and grants or authorised in loans for 2012-13 session stands at £584.3 million. This is an increase of 2.5 per cent (£14 million) on 2011-12 session
  • The number of students supported has increased by 1.0 per cent from 133,990 in 2011-12 to 135,375 in 2012-13
  • The average support per student in 2012-13 session was £4,316, an increase of 1.4 per cent since 2011-12 when the average was £4,256
  • There were 13,385 EU students supported in 2012-13 which is 9.9 per cent of the total number of students supported by SAAS, and they received a total of £24.9 million in support which is 4.3 per cent of the total support paid or authorised by SAAS
  • The total amount authorised in loans increased by £10.4 million, from £243.9 million in 2011-12 to £254.3 million in 2012-13
  • The total amount paid in non-repayable awards decreased by 2.8 per cent, from £103.4 million in 2011-12 to £100.6 million in 2012-13. The number of students receiving such awards decreased by 2.8 per cent, from 55,685 to 54,130.
  • At the beginning of September 140,985 applications had been received so far for 2013-14 support. Final figures on the number of these applications that result in actual support from SAAS will be available at the end of 2013-14 session.

Notes to editors

The full statistical publication can be accessed at:

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The information presented in this news release is provided by the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS), which administers the student support arrangements for Scottish domiciled higher education students studying throughout the UK and EU students studying in Scotland.

Most full-time higher education courses are covered by SAAS student support, as well as the postgraduate teaching qualifications and some sub-degree courses. Certain other postgraduate qualifications are also covered.

Since 2001-02, support for new entrants has consisted of three elements: tuition fees paid by SAAS on behalf of all eligible students (direct to the institution of study) or tuition fee loans, living cost support through a loan from the Student Loans Company and targeted allowances to certain groups of students (e.g. young students, students with disabilities, students with dependents).

Student support levels and income thresholds are usually uprated by the forecasted Retail Price Index excluding mortgage payments (RPIX). Additional changes, not in line with inflation, have also been made over the years as student support policy evolves. Amounts have not been adjusted to take inflation into account.

Information on all aspects of student support provided by the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) can be found at: The Student Loans Company website provides more information on student loans for higher education:

National statistics are produced by professionally independent statistical staff – more information on the standards of National statistics in Scotland can be accessed at: