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15/05/15 10:45

Student funding increased

More support for Scotland’s higher education students.

Thousands of students from the poorest backgrounds are to receive more financial support over the coming years under plans announced by the Scottish Government.

Bursaries for higher education students from Scottish households with an income of up to £24,000 will increase by £125 from academic year 2015/16.

From 2016/17 the household income threshold for receiving the maximum bursary will also be raised from up to £17,000 to up to £19,000.

Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning Angela Constance announced the enhanced support – including for those who choose to study elsewhere in the UK – during an address to a conference on widening access to higher education.

She told delegates at the University of Strathclyde:

“We are always looking at ways to increase student support wherever possible so I am very pleased to announce this additional funding which aims to help those from lower income backgrounds.

“The Scottish Government is committed to creating a fairer, more equal Scotland and as part of that we want every child in Scotland to have the same chance of going to university, irrespective of their background. Education should be based on the ability to learn, not the ability to pay.

“Widening access to Higher Education has long been a priority of this government to ensure every young person who wants to attend university is not prevented by their economic or social circumstances. The Commission on Widening Access, chaired by Dame Ruth Silver started work on this last month with a view to providing a final report in Spring 2016.”

Notes to editors

The First Minister announced the Commission on Widening Access in November, with the aim of moving towards 20 per cent of university entrants coming from the most disadvantaged 20 per cent of society.

Full membership of the Commission on Widening Access was announced in April: