Student Finance Scotland change the deadlines each year, but for 2020/21 the deadline is 31 March.
You do not need to have a firm offer from the university, college or higher education facility to apply. Make sure to apply before these deadlines even if you are still waiting for the institution to reply.
Remember that these deadlines are for students in Scotland only. There are different dates for Welsh, English and Northern Irish applications.
You can apply for up to 9 months after your course has started. But you will be responsible for all the costs at the start. If you’re starting a degree at university but your application is late, you will be responsible for the fees. Student finance will then repay you at a later date.