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As a student, you will need to find out in advance what your course will cost and what finance may be available to you. Sabhal Mòr Ostaig is happy to advise on what funding support and options are available, and you can contact the Registry & Admissions Office on +44 (0) 1471 888 304 or by email ().


Students resident in Scotland should apply for financial assistance to the Students Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). Students from any other EU and non-EU countries should contact their local education authorities. In certain circumstances, students from other EU countries and elsewhere may be eligible for financial assistance from SAAS and should contact the agency to check their eligibility.

The main support for living costs for most students on full-time undergraduate courses is through a student loan. For further information on eligibility and to apply online for a student loan, visit the SAAS website.

Sabhal Mòr Ostaig is registered in some Canadian provinces, and students from these provinces may be eligible for loans from their government. Please contact the Registry & Admissions Office at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig for further information.

If financial assistance is not available from SAAS, local education authorities or any other sources, applications may be made to Sabhal Mòr Ostaig’s scholarship fund. Applications for a scholarship may be submitted at any time, subject to ratification, once a student has been awarded an unconditional offer to study at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.

UHI also offers a Gaelic Bursaries Scheme jointly funded by the Highland Council, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Argyll and Bute Council. Bursaries are awarded to students about to enter, or who have already started, their first year of study on one of the Gaelic-medium degrees. For further information, click here.

For more information on the SAAS application process and other funds available, including disability allowance and child care funds, you can download the student funding information guide here.

Distance Learning & Short Courses

PFG (Part-time Fee Grant)

Students resident in Scotland may be eligible for help with course funding through the ‘part-time fee grant’ (PFG). This is a scheme operated by SAAS that offers help to students studying modules worth 30 credit points or above at university level in an academic year. More information is available on the SAAS website.

Digital Support

UHI and its academic partners wish to support students who have no, or limited, access to IT equipment or an internet connection, in order for them to successfully undertake their studies.

All equipment provided is on a loan basis only and must be returned at the end of the academic year, unless agreed otherwise. Further information on how to apply can be found at the following link:

Bòrd na Gàidhlig

Organisations such as Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Comunn na Gàidhlig and the Catherine McCaig Trust also offer grants and bursaries for students wishing to go on to use and teach the Gaelic language.


Applicants for the MSc Material Culture and Gàidhealtachd History course may apply for funding through the Sabhal Mòr Ostaig Scholarship fund. For further information, contact the Registry and Admission office at .



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