‘One month’ reminder for students not to miss out on funding

Des Clarke is reminding students to ensure their funding is in place.

Des Clarke is reminding students to ensure their funding is in place.

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Scottish stand-up comedian Des Clarke has issued a ‘one month to go’ reminder on behalf of Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS).

He is calling for all full-time students to complete and submit applications for the next academic year (2015-2016) to ensure their tuition fees and other funding is in place.

With only one month to go until the June 30 guarantee date, SAAS estimate there are up to 100,000 students who may still have to apply for their funding.

Des Clarke, who is also a presenter on the Capital Radio Breakfast Show, said: “Shout out to all students to log-on and submit their SAAS application now!

“I know paper work isn’t high on any student’s agenda – having been there myself, but being a student is one of the best times of your life and every penny counts, so take some time this week to submit your application.

“Come freshers’ week you don’t want to be worrying about money because you missed the guarantee date and you’re still waiting for your funding!”

David Wallace, SAAS chief executive commented: “All new and returning students can apply to SAAS to receive financial support for the next academic year, including payment of their tuition fees.

“Even if students are waiting on exam results they can still submit their application. I urge all students to take some time now to complete their applications accurately to ensure their funding package is agreed.

“We recommend students visit our website and complete their online applications.

“To provide extra support we have extended our helpline hours this month and will be open 12.00-6.00 p.m. on Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28 and 8.30 p.m.-midnight on Tuesday, June 30.

Angela Constance, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “Now is the time to submit application forms for the next academic year, and I would encourage students to complete them as a matter of priority so they can rest assured their fees and living support will be in place by the start of their courses.”

SAAS is responsible for giving financial support to over 160,000 Scottish students studying in higher education throughout the UK.

Students must visit SAAS and complete their online application or call the helpline on 0300 555 0505 if they have any questions or are having difficulties filling out their form.