Part-time Funding

Part-time Funding

Please note that funding rules are subject to change by funding bodies and you are strongly advised to check the most up to date information on the relevant funding websites.

SDS Individual Learning Account (Part-time FE/HE Study)

You may be eligible for receiving up to £200 towards the cost of your course by applying for an SDS Individual Training Account (ITA).

Please note that not all part-time courses are eligible for SDS ITA funding and spaces are limited. To search for eligible courses visit


If you are 16 or over and living in Scotland, you may be eligible for an ILA Scotland account to help pay your part-time course fees. The money is not a loan so you don’t have to pay any of it back.

Learners must have their SDS Individual Learning Account set up and approved before enrolling on a course of study. Please note that spaces are limited and it is highly recommended that you check the My World of Work website for regular updates.

Scottish residents who meet the following eligibility criteria will be eligible to open an ILA account:

  • Over 16 years of age
  • Ordinarily resident in Scotland
  • Have an annual income of £22,000 or less or are in receipt of a qualifying benefit
  • Not currently undertaking any form of full-time or part-time secondary, further or higher education
  • Not already qualified to UK degree level or above (or overseas equivalent)

Further information is available from:

Tel: 0800 917 8000
Textphone Service for customers who are deaf: 0141 573 4883

Using your SDS Individual Learning Account at SLC

In keeping within the guidelines provided by SDS, proof of income must be provided before starting your course at South Lanarkshire College.

  1. Apply for ITA funding online at You will require a valid email address and your National Insurance number. You will then choose your course and confirm where you would like to study.
  2. You will then need to provide entitlement to ITA funding by submitting proof of income to the College. This must be completed before attending the class. The proof of income can include the following:
  • P60 for the last full prior year (i.e. year to April 2018); or
  • Three ORIGINAL payslips for the three months immediately prior to presenting them to the College. The total earnings on these three payslips will be multiplied by four to arrive at a notional annual salary. This must be less that £22,000.
  • If you are claiming certain benefits, you must produce the original of a letter from the Department of Work and Pensions dated no later than three months previous, stating clearly that you are in receipt of these benefit(s)

If you have any questions in relation to using an ITA at the College, then please email


Please remember, it is YOUR responsibility to:

  • Have registered with SDS before you enrol
  • Provide proof of income in order to confirm entitlement to ITA funding.

SAAS Part-time Fee Grant (Part-time HE study)

If you are over 16 and living in Scotland with an annual income of less that £25,000, you may be eligible to apply for support towards the fees for part-time college and university courses.

The level of fees payable will be pro-rata, based on the number of credits studied. SAAS will scale this based on the maximum fee levels for full-time students (120 credits). If this amount is more than the maximum fee, SAAS will only pay the lesser amount.

Support is only available for one course per academic year and you must apply no later than 6 months after the course start date. Your application needs to be endorsed by the College.

To be eligible to claim PTFG, you must be:

  • Over 16 years of age
  • Ordinarily resident in Scotland
  • Registered as a “part-time” student
  • Studying between 30-119 credits per year*
  • Undertaking Higher Education course at SCQF Levels 7-10. This includes Higher National Certificate (HNC), Higher National Diploma (HND) or undergraduate degree courses and some Professional Development Awards.

Applications must be counter-signed by the Faculty Curriculum Manager and the College stamp should be used to authorise the application.

Applicants should visit the SAAS website to download a copy of the PTFG application form or collect a pre-printed copy of the form from the Finance Cash Office on the Ground Floor.


*If you are studying fewer than 30 SCQF credits per year above SCQF level 7, you may be eligible for support through the SDS ILA account (see above). You cannot apply for both.

Contact the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for more information and to apply.

Part-time Tuition Fee Waiver Policy 2019/2020

If you are in receipt of certain benefits you may be eligible for a fee waiver, depending on the course of study.

A Part-Time Fee Waiver Application must be completed online at the time of enrolment and proof of eligibility must be provided. Evidence of eligibility must be shown to a member of enrolling staff or to the Finance Cash Office for authorisation.

Full details of College Fee Waiver Policy 2019/2020 can be found here:

Fee Waiver Policy 2019-20