Funding for FE Courses

Funding for FE Courses

Funding for Further Education (FE) Courses

Bursary/EMA support may be available for a course that leads to an approved vocational qualification up to, but not including, Higher National Certificate. You may make application once you have received an unconditional or a conditional offer of a place on a course.

As soon as you receive a conditional or unconditional offer of place you should apply for the appropriate funding for your course.  The Bursary Team can give you advice, guidance and further contacts if you’re unsure of anything.  You can contact the Bursary Team by phone on 01355 807780 or email

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).

You should apply online for an Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) or Further Education Bursary. Online applications are made through the College web portal at

Further Education Bursary/ Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA)

Further Education Bursaries and Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) for under 18s 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.

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.

You are eligible to apply for the Care Experienced Student Bursary if you have ever been looked after by a Local Authority in the UK.

Please ensure you select the Care Experienced Student box when completing the online bursary application form to confirm you meet the eligibility criteria outlined above.

Course Tuition Fees

South Lanarkshire College normally waives the cost of tuition for full-time non-advanced level students who are ‘ordinarily resident’ in Scotland at the start of their studies.


Bursary and EMA Guidelines 2020/21

These guidelines are for the completion of the Bursary and Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) application form and provide information that will help you understand the conditions attached to the award of a Bursary or Educational Maintenance Allowance. If you require a large text version of these guidelines, please contact the Bursary Office.

The guidelines do not cover the full range of personal circumstances and, for those who wish a copy, the full policy documents on Bursaries and EMAs are available from the Bursary Officer or from the Scottish Funding Council’s website

Both Bursaries and EMAs are assessed in accordance with national and College policies and rules.

T: 01355 807780

Students may also access high level information on funding and the cost of learning on the Scottish Government’s website