Airdrie & Shotts MSP Alex Neil has welcomed the announcement of an enhanced package of student support introduced this year. Some of the major changes are:
• An increase in the maximum funding package to £7,250.
• An increase in the maximum non income-assessed loan to £4,500 and available to all eligible students.
• A ‘plus one’ rule has been introduced which will allow students to gain one extra year’s funding to the minimum required to complete their programme of study. Students may use the ‘plus one’ year to cover situations such as academic, medical or compassionate repeats and it will no longer be the case that documentary evidence will be required for support.