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Students experiencing hardship over summer as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19) can apply for financial support if they are struggling to meet accommodation and other costs.

Backed by £20 million of new Scottish Government funding, students in financial hardship can apply directly to their college or university’s Coronavirus Discretionary Fund.

The Scottish Government has also committed to review the future of summer support and the availability of funds will be monitored to ensure support remain available to students throughout summer.

This latest funding package takes total Scottish Government support for students since the start of the pandemic to more than £96 million.

Higher and Further Education Minister Jamie Hepburn said:

“The pandemic has impacted students significantly and not only has there been disruption to their education, but many students have faced financial difficulties with accommodation, associated costs or challenges in getting jobs. This additional £20 million will help to alleviate the financial pressure and stress facing many of our students over the summer period.

“The Student Hardship Task Force have been a crucial voice in ensuring students are supported this summer and I thank them for their important work.

“The support provided to students over the course of the pandemic has been substantial with now over £96 million being provided via hardship funding, digital access, mental health support and for student associations.”

James Dunphy, Director of Access, Learning and Outcomes at the Scottish Funding Council, said:

“We know that financial pressures contribute to other challenges faced by students, including mental health and being able to confidently complete their studies. This is a really welcome announcement.”