NUS Scotland has called for "bold and ambitious" reform of student support, as figures showed an increase in debt.
Statistics from the Student Loans Company showed the amount lent to Scottish higher education students in 2015-16 was £548.3m, up 6% on 2014-15.
The average debt of students who graduated in 2015 and entered loan repayment in 2016 was £10,500 - up from £9,410 the previous year.
Average debt remains significantly lower than in other parts of the UK.
Scottish students can borrow to pay for their living expenses but are entitled…