The SNP Government have spent more on Scotland’s colleges than Labour ever did, with a college budget of over £600 million in 2019-20, and we continue to maintain at least 116,000 full-time equivalent Scottish Government-funded college places.
Full-time college students in Scotland can now benefit from the highest bursary of anywhere in the UK, and we will review student funding to make it even fairer.
We’ve also expanded the Education Maintenance Allowance in Scotland – now scrapped south of the border – to support even more school pupils and college students from low income families.
We are supporting the college sector to maintain colleges and to deliver new campuses. We are currently providing up to £22.7 million to complete the construction of Forth Valley College’s new campus in Falkirk.
Under the SNP, the number of higher education qualifiers from college is at an all-time high.