Struggling for money

This is a difficult time and we know many of you are struggling with finances. Please see below for information on how GCU can help. If you are struggling finanically in anyway and are unsure what to do please emai our funding team

Please note the Winter COVID Fund is now closed. The Funding Team have received a large number of applications and emails regarding this fund, which we are currently working through. All applications and emails will be responded to in due course.

Financial support

Information for full-time home students

The Discretionary Fund is there to support students struggling financially. If you meet the criteria below and are stuggling, then please apply.

Undergraduate - As an undergraduate student, you must have applied to SAAS or your own local education authority (LEA) for the funding support package in order to be eligible for this fund.

Postgraduate - Postgraduates (not nursing and midwifery) can also apply as long as you can show you have applied for any available government funding and have some support in place for living costs while you study. 

Access the application form for full-time home students. 

SAAS and local authority funding

If you haven't applied for funding through SAAS or your local authority then there is still time to do so.

You can apply online to SAAS.

If you are a home student who's domiciled outwith Scotland please contact your local authority for further information funding.

Further information on funding.

Funding for part-time home students

Part-time students can only apply to the Discretionary Fund for help towards study costs, travel to GCU/placement and registered childcare whilst attending classes or placement.

Access the application form for part-time home students. 

Funding for nursing students

The Nursing Discretionary Fund

The Discretionary Fund is there to support students struggling financially. If you meet the below criteria and are stuggling, then please apply.

Undergraduate nursing students can apply to the Nursing Discretionary Fund for extra help towards study and living costs. Please note these funds are limited and you must have taken out full SAAS/LEA funding in order to apply.

Access the application form for Nursing Discretionary fund. 

Nursing Bursary

Scottish nursing students are funded through the Nursing and Midwifery Student Bursary Scheme (NMSB) which is administered by the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). All Home students should apply online to SAAS for living cost support only for your course. You do not normally need to apply for tuition fee support if you have been offered a place on the course. We recommend that you apply for your living cost support well before the start of your course. You complete one application form for both your NHS bursary and supplementary grant. Remember to apply each year of your course.

New English, Welsh and Northern Ireland students (RUK) studying nursing in Scotland should apply to their own local education authority for the full package of tuition fee and living cost support. Continuing RUK students will remain under their existing support package.

Funding for international and EU students

The EU and international support fund is there to support our EU and international students in severe financial hardship. If you meet this criteria then please apply.

EU & International Support Fund Word

EU & International Support Fund PDF

Funding IT equipment

Funding IT equipment for home students

If you are struggling financially and require IT equipment to study your course online, you can apply to this scheme for a loan of a laptop or other IT equipment (including dongle if you have no wifi access). Any equipment loaned under this scheme must be returned to GCU at the end of your course. Priority will be given to students with a low household income, although all circumstances will be considered, such as sharing of laptops with other household members.

Access the GCU Digital Inclusion Fund Word March 2021.

Funding IT equipment for international and EU students

If you are an EU or International student in severe financial hardship and require IT equipment to study your course online, you can apply to this scheme for a loan of a laptop or other IT equipment (including dongle if you have no wifi access). Any equipment loaned under this scheme must be returned to GCU at the end of your course. 

Access the application to apply for IT Equiptment from the EU & International Support Fund Word

EU & International Support Fund PDF

Tuition fee support

Home students

SAAS and local authority funding

If you are a home student, your fees are likely to be funded by SAAS. For students outside Scotland, your fees will be funded by your relevant local authority. Postgraduate funding is also available through these funding bodies.

If you haven't applied for funding through SAAS or your local authority then you there is still time to do so.

If you are a home student who's domiciled outwith Scotland please contact your local authority for further information on funding.

Further information on funding.

Funding your own fees

If you are funding your own fees and are struggling to pay these, then please contact our finance team for advice and support.

International students

If you are an international student and are struggling to pay your fees please contact our finance team for advice and support. 

EU students

SAAS 

If you are an EU student your fees are likely to be funded by SAAS. 

If you haven't applied for funding through SAAS then there is still time to do so.

You can apply online to SAAS.

Funding your own fees

If you are funding your own fees and are struggling to pay these, then please contact our finance team for advice and support.