Students reminded deadline for SAAS funding is rapidly approaching

Students with SAAS chief executive

Students with SAAS chief executive

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Higher education students from Angus and Tayside are being urged to submit their SAAS funding applications in good time.

With the June 30 deadline to ensure payment for the first term fast approaching, students from Dundee and Abertay Universities joined forces with the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) this week to issue the call for applications.

Stressing the importance of filling the form out accurately and getting supporting information posted to SAAS by the end of the month, the students and SAAS chief executive, David Wallace marked the key June 30 date on a giant calendar at the city’s famous Discovery Point.

To help students through the process, SAAS has trebled the number of advisors manning its national help line. The call centre has also extending its opening hours until October 31. It will be open from Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on 0300 555 0505 where operators can talk through applications.

This year Scottish students will benefit from the best funding package in the UK, with SAAS administering fees, bursaries and loans totalling £600 million.

Every Scottish higher education student is required to submit an application for fees - with the agency processing approximately 150,000 applications this year alone.

As well as free tuition, an income of £7,250 will be available to those from the lowest income households and all students will be eligible for a student loan of £4,500.

New and returning students are required to fully complete the online application correctly and supply all supporting documents by post, such as proof of parents’ or partner’s income or lone parent status.

Robin Parker, president of NUS Scotland, said: “Our message to students is don’t delay - the quicker SAAS receives your application, the quicker you’ll get your funding.”