Funding for HE Courses

Funding for HE Courses

Students on Higher 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

You should apply as soon as you receive an unconditional or conditional offer of a place on a course.

Those on part-time Higher National courses may apply to SAAS for the Part Time Fees Grant or for an SDS ILA account, depending on the number of credits being undertaken (see section on part-time study).

SAAS – 2016 – COS – Funding changes – HEI- 2016-17

 Course Tution Fees

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.   You should bring your SAAS award notice to College for copying.

The Scottish Government  has announced an extension of the home fee status guarantee to EU and associated students commencing a course of Further or Higher Education in the 2020/21 academic year. This guarantee will cover the duration of a student’s course and will provide confidence for prospective EU students considering coming to Scotland to study.


The full student loan is a means-tested award 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.  Students who do not apply for the maximum means-tested loan are not eligible for support from the College Discretionary Fund.

A range of supplementary grants are available for lone parents, those with dependents and care leavers.  Students should ensure that they make an application for all grants relevant to their personal circumstances.

Disabled Student Allowance

Disabled Students’ Allowance is available for those students who incur costs whilst studying because of a disability.  The Learning Development team can provide help with the application process.  For further information on the support available, click on the link

Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS)

Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS)
Saughton House
Broomhouse Drive
EH11 3UT
Tel:  0300 555 0505    (Full-time undergraduate courses)
Tel:  0300 300 3137    (Part-time fee grant)

If you do not have access to the Internet, please ask Student Services who will arrange for internet access for you through the College Learning Centre.

The SAAS video clip gives useful information on a range of topics, including how to apply.