Scottish-domiciled students

Scottish student studying in Scotland - Eligible Scottish domiciled students studying full-time in Scotland are not required to pay tuition fees if studying for a first degree or equivalent. Contact the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for information on this and what you are required to do to secure the necessary contribution by SAAS.


rUK (Rest of UK) students

Each institution is responsible for setting its own tuition fee rate; you should contact the institution to establish the cost of the course you wish to attend. You will be able to apply for a tuition fee loan to cover these costs from your local funding body.

Find out more about your local funding body on the UK Government website.


EU students

Eligible EU students are not required to pay tuition fees whilst studying in Scotland. They are not however eligible to apply for maintenance support.

Diploma fees

Course fees will vary dependant on the Diploma provider you study with. For up to date course fees, visit the Diploma section of our website.  

Funding for session 2017/18

The Scottish Government has confirmed that from 2017-18, up to £10,000 will be available for any taught postgraduate course up to full Masters level at any Scottish higher education institute (HEI) - find out more.

Eligible Scottish domiciles will be able access a loan up to £10,000 – comprising £5,500 for tuition fees and £4,500 for living costs.Visit the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) website for more information and details of how to apply for a loan.

Part time students should visit the SAAS website to ensure they access the up to date information relating to their eligibility to apply for a loan. Please note that in previous years, part-time students have been eligible to apply for 50% of the full tuition fee loan amount per year of study*, but have not been eligible to apply for a living-cost loan.
*assuming part-time study is undertaken over the course of two years.

Full time EU students will continue to be eligible to apply for the tuition fee loan for the academic year 2017-18. This funding will also be available to EU students undertaking postgraduate study in Scotland on a part time basis over two years.

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 £17,495. Please visit the SAAS website for up-to-date information on the loans and how to apply.

Other sources of funding

Disabled Students Allowance (DSA)

As well as a tuition fee and living-cost loan, eligible postgraduate students can also apply for the Disabled Students Allowance (DSA). Information can be found on the SAAS website.

Scholarships and bursaries

There are usually a number of scholarships and bursaries available to Diploma students across the universities, including Discretionary Funds. These funds are intended to provide assistance for students in financial difficulty and can provide help towards study-related costs including travel and accommodation. The funds are allocated by Scottish Ministers and administered by individual colleagues and universities. Please check with the universities offering the Diploma to see what options may be available.

Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)

In recent years, some students have successfully applied for Professional Career Development Loans in order to help cover the cost of the Diploma. Accessing this funding is dependent on the bank's own application criteria and therefore cannot be guaranteed. We encourage students to explore their options carefully, particularly in relation to additionally applying to take out a maintenance loan from SAAS.

Sources of additional funding

We have compiled a list of the sources of funding that we are aware of for students in Scotland. However, this list is by no means exhaustive and we encourage you to conduct your own research in addition.

The Clark Foundation for Legal Education

The Clark Foundation for Legal Education invites applications for grants and scholarships from persons practising law in Scotland, whether as solicitors or advocates, and from persons studying at Scottish universities or other institutions of higher education based in Scotland. The purpose of the foundation is to promote and advance the legal and business education and training of Scots lawyers and students of Scots law. Please note that the Foundation does not support students studying for LLB/Diploma other than in exceptional hardship circumstances, which should be explained in the application form

Read the guidance note for applicants for the 2018/19 session

Please note the deadline for funding for courses commencing in 2018 is the 31 March. For more information contact