Brechin pupils who are heading to college or university at the end of the summer are being urged to sort out their funding.
An announcement from SAAS - the Student Awards Agency for Scotland - says this is particularly important for students who may be planning to change their courses.
A spokesman for SAAS said that with the exam results just released they expect around 6,000 students to change their academic path during the clearing period.
Chief executive of SAAS, David Wallace, is encouraging people to get in touch early to ensure funding is in place.
“We understand that some students apply for a place at college or university for the first time during the clearing period, so they won’t have applied for any fees, loans or bursaries yet.
“However, it is vital that these students get their apbplications to us as soon as they can,” he added.
He said the same went for those who had already applied to SAAS but were changing their course or institution as a result of their school exam results.
“They need to let us know what has changed so we can update their details and still ensure their funding is in place.
“We appreciate that the clearing period is a really busy time for those applying and that it’s easy for people to forget about the funding element of higher education but it really is important that SAAS applications are taken care of as soon as possible,” he added.