Applying for the right funding
Different sources of funding are available to students so it’s important to make sure that you apply as early as possible for the funding appropriate to your level of course and mode of study. As soon as you receive a conditional or unconditional offer of place you should apply for the appropriate funding for your course.
Students on Further Education (FE) Courses
Level 1 – 6 on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF)
Students on FE Non Advanced Courses – SWAP, Higher Studies, National 3, 4 and 5, SCQF Level 4, 5 and 6, City & Guilds, SVQ 2 and 3 and NC should apply for a Further Education College Bursary or Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA).
Further Education Bursary/ Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA)
Further Education Bursaries and Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) for under 19s are awarded to support full-time attendance on a course which involves 19.5 hours or more attendance per week over the full academic session. Students with additional support needs may qualify for a maintenance allowance, course expenses, travel expenses and help with other additional expenses.
Both bursary and EMA awards are means-tested and evidence of parental income is required for all students under 25 who are not deemed to be self-supporting. Independent students are required to submit details of their own / partner’s income.
You should apply to the College for an Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) or Further Education Bursary. The application is available from the Advice Centre.
FE Care Experienced Bursary
Care Experienced students undertaking a qualifying FE course are eligible to apply for a Care Experienced Student Bursary. The maximum award currently available is £8,100. Please ensure you select the Care Experienced Student box when completing the online bursary application form to confirm you meet the eligibility criteria outlined below.
Criteria for claiming the FE Care Experienced Student Bursary is as follows:
- You have ever been looked after by a Local Authority in the UK: and
- You are under 26 on the first day of the first academic year of your course (the relevant date).
For most students, who start in the autumn term, the relevant date is 1 August.
Students on Further Education (HE) Courses
Level 7 or above on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF)
Students on HE Advanced Courses – Higher National Certificate (HNC) and Higher National Diploma (HND) should apply directly to the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for tuition fees, bursary support for young and independent students, student loans and any supplementary grants. Apply online at www.saas.gov.uk.
All HNC / HND students are required to pay tuition fees for their course and must apply to SAAS to have them paid to the College on their behalf. If you do not apply for your fees or are a self-financing student, the College will invoice you directly.
Supply all the relevant documents
Most funding is means tested. If you don’t send in all the required documents, your application can’t be assessed. Please help us and the other funding bodies to assess your application quickly and accurately by ensuring that:
• You’re making the application to the correct funding body
• You’re making application on the correct form
• All sections of the application form are completed in full
• All supporting paperwork and evidence is submitted with your application (originals, if requested)
• Your application is submitted in good time
Don’t be caught out – get your application in as soon as you possibly can and respond quickly and fully to any requests for additional information.
August and September are very busy months for the College Bursary Office, SAAS and the Student Loans Co. If you leave it until August or September to apply, it could take up to 6 weeks or more for your application to be processed.
To qualify for a fee waiver you must be studying on a vocational part-time programme, be unemployed and/or in receipt of certain benefits and be able to satisfy the conditions set out in the Fee Waiver Policy 2019-20. Fee waivers will be granted subject to proof of status being presented on enrolment. For further information, contact the College Finance Team on 01355 807780
Refund of Fees
For guidelines on the refund of course fees click here.
The Scottish Government has published information on student funding which is available from www.scotland.gov.uk
Please be aware of phishing scams which directly target students. The Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS), the Student Loans Co and the College Bursary, Finance or Student Services Departments will never contact you by email asking you to confirm your bank or other personal details.