What has the SNP done for Scotland’s college students?
The SNP Government have spent more on Scotland’s colleges than Labour ever did, with college resource budgets of £526 million in 2015-16. We have also delivered our commitment to maintain 116,000 full-time equivalent college places and have exceeded that target every year since 2011 - we will continue this commitment over the next five years.
We have invested over £550 million in college estates between 2007 and 2015, £250 million more than the previous Labour/Lib Dem administrations.
We have protected student income with the college student support budget at a record level of over £104 million in 2014-15. In this parliament we will maintain full-time equivalent college places and protect Educational Maintenance Allowances for nearly 60,000 school and college students. We will also retain student bursaries, including for student nurses, and review student funding to make it fairer.