The scheme will launch on October 12 with the cash grants administered by councils to those in need.
It's the highest number of fatalities in the country since June 17, while there are 640 new cases.
Students can return home on a 'long-term basis' but not for short overnight stays, new guidance says.
It is the seventh Covid death in the country this week, taking the confirmed death toll to 2512.
The education secretary said getting students home to their families at Christmas is 'at the heart of our thinking'.
That's 11.5% of newly-tested Scots, the highest positive percentage since the summer.
It amounts to 9.5% of newly-tested individuals, the highest percentage of positive tests seen during the second spike
UCU Scotland accuses principals of 'blaming students' for Covid outbreaks after 'encouraging' them back to campuses.
The island of Curacao has also been added to the list of countries from where returning travellers must self-isolate.
A new job support scheme will see the Treasury help employers cover the full-time wages of people working 'viable' jobs.
Another two people have died with the virus in Scotland while 486 new infections have been confirmed.
The First Minister warned Scots they 'simply cannot have 100% normality' in the global Covid pandemic.
Nicola Sturgeon said she hopes to attend a Cobra meeting with Boris Johnson over the weekend.
Another Covid-19 death in Scotland as the country confirms more than 200 new cases for the fourth day running.
It's the highest number of daily infections in the country since May 1, and is 4% of newly-tested Scots.
The Protect Scotland app has already told more than 100 Scots to self-isolate, Nicola Sturgeon revealed.
Second day of exactly 267 new infections which amounts to 3.6% of newly-tested Scots.
The SQA plans to run a full diet of exams next spring but is preparing contingencies, John Swinney said.
Nicola Sturgeon said the measures in five council areas are 'helping to slow down the increase' in cases.
One person with Covid-19 has died in the last 24 hours, while Scotland has logged the most daily infections since May 6.