Diploma funding

Session 2016/17

The Pritchard Educational Trust

Grant applications are now closed for the 2016/17 session.

The Pritchard Educational Trust was established to assist those who are of academic ability and wish to qualify as solicitors but who, through financial constraints, are unable to do so. Particular emphasis is given to those students embarking on the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice.

The trustees will decide year on year how many grants to distribute, and in recent years between two and five grants of around £2,500 have been distributed.

Applications for the 2016/17 session are now closed. All queries should be sent to: careers@lawscot.org.uk.


General Funding Information

FUNDING ARRANGEMENTS - SESSION 2016/2017 TUTION FEES LOAN - there has been an ongoing review of post-graduate funding by the Scottish Government in the last few years and the position for the year 2016/2017 has now been confirmed. In relation to funding, all students who meet eligibility criteria and who secure a place on the Diploma in 2016 are able to apply through the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (“SAAS”) for a tuition fee loan towards the cost of fees. The maximum loan available is £3,400 for full time study and £1,700 (per year for two years) for part time study. The loans will not be means tested.

LIVING COST LOAN – Full time students who meet the eligibility criteria will be able to apply for a living cost loan in addition to the loan for fees. The maximum amount available for the living costs is £4,500. The living cost loan is not available for part-time students.

Our understanding is for both the tuition fees loan and the living cost loan, repayment will commence once the student has graduated, is in employment and is earning above the student loan repayment threshold, which is currently £17,335. Please visit www.saas.gov.uk for up-to-date information on the loans, and how to apply (forms should be available from April 2015).