Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Who can apply for a bursary?
Students applying for Society bursaries must be entering the first year of an undergraduate course at one of Glasgow's universities or colleges and fulfil the primary eligibility criteria of having a strong connection with Perthshire (or any variations in the name of the shire as might occur through boundary changes, e.g. Perth and Kinross). Decision on eligibility is at the discretion of the Society but would typically include one or more of the following applying to the applicant or at least one of their parents: born in Perthshire; schooled or lived in Perthshire for a significant part of childhood, typically not less than five years.
Q. When can I apply for a bursary?
Applicants should apply as early as possible in the year that they will be starting their course. The on-line bursary application system normally opens in March each year and the closing date is normally June 1st. Please check the Application Form or Application ID Request Form on the Application Procedure page to confirm.
Q. How do I apply?
Go to the Application Procedure page, read the instructions there carefully, request an Application ID, complete the on-line application form, then download the PDF version of your application, print/sign/date your form, and post it to the Society along with any other requested documentation.
Q. Will I need to provide referees?
Your application must be supported by two referees, at least one of whom must be one of your school teachers. The application form gives suggestions for referees, but they cannot be family members or other relatives.
Q. When are bursaries awarded?
The Board of Directors will award bursaries, using a formalised scoring system based on a number of criteria, as soon as all references have been received. This is usually towards the end of August or early September but may be earlier or later. Applicants should check their e-mail regularly and check this web site or the Society Facebook/Twitter/RSS feeds for updates on the status of applications etc.
Q. Do I have to reapply each year for a bursary?
No. Assuming satisfactory academic performance your bursary will continue for the duration of your course, to a maximum of five years. Around May/June each year the Bursary Coordinator will e-mail bursars to request a copy of their SAAS Award letter for the coming year.
Q. If I change course do I have to reapply for a bursary?
You do not need to reapply, but you must inform the Bursary Coordinator if you plan to change course. The Board will need to approve the course change for the continuation of your bursary. Only in very unusual circumstances would approval not be given.
Q. What happens if I repeat a year or drop out?
You must notify the Society immediately of any change of circumstances which could affect your eligibility to continue to receive a bursary. It is at the discretion of the Society as to whether your bursary will continue, be suspended while you repeat a year, or if you will have to repay all or part of a bursary already awarded if you decide to give up your studies.
Q. What is the value of the bursary?
The value of the bursary is set each year by the Board and may vary from time to time. For the coming year, bursars in their first year will receive seven hundred and fifty pounds; bursars in second year and above will receive one thousand pounds per annum.
Q. How and when is the bursary paid?
Bursaries are paid as an annual lump sum, either by cheque sent to your home address, or by direct bank transfer (preferred). Bursaries are normally paid in late September, but this may be delayed if we have not received references (for new bursars) or a copy of your current SAAS award letter (for all bursars) by then. Please note, we need to see a copy of your SAAS award letter, not your letter from the Student Loans Company Ltd.