Date lodged: 22 December 2016
To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the report, Higher Education Student Support in Scotland 2015-16, by the Student Awards Agency Scotland, what assessment it has made of the reason why the number of students receiving non-repayable bursaries and grants decreased by 4.8% in 2015-16 compared with the previous year.
Answered by: Shirley-Anne Somerville 19 January 2017
In October 2016, I announced an independent Review of Further and Higher Education Student Support. The review will consider all relevant data and assess the effectiveness of the current system, making recommendations for beneficial change to ensure all students have access to a fair and effective package of appropriate support.