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)


Individual Learning Accounts are changing to Individual Training Accounts from October 2017. This means that ILA will be closing down for a few months to allow the changes to be made. If you are eligible, you will still be entitled to funding of up to £200 per year towards a course.

If you intend to use ILA to fund part or all of your course, then please be aware of the following dates:

If you want to open an account or renew an expired account:

•    29th April 2017: Last day to request a renewal form through SDS helpline on 0800 917 8000
•    30th April 2017: Last day to request an application form on My World of Work
•    Mid May 2017: Application and renewal forms need to be returned by mid May so that they can be processed by 31st May 2017
•    31st May 2017: Last day that an account will be opened or renewed

If you want to book a course under the existing ILA scheme:

•    30th June 2017: Last day bookings can be made under the existing ILA scheme. Bookings can only be made for courses with a start date no later than 30th September 2017


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 in order to use their ILA to pay part of the course fees.

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 participating on any National Training programme (Employability Fund, Modern Apprenticeship, Get Ready for Work, Training for Work)
•    Not currently participating on the Community Jobs Scotland programme
•    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

Using your SDS Individual Learning Account at SLC

You will go through this process each time you use funds from your SDS ILA to pay for a course at South Lanarkshire college.

1.    When you enrol, you must enter your SDS ILA number on the College enrolment form. You will be directed to the Finance Department to complete an ILA Booking Form (

2.    SDS will then send you:

•    A letter confirming the course details
•    A statement showing how much of your account will be used to pay for the course
•    An SDS ILA booking token, which has an expiry date, attached to the bottom of the letter

3.    Sign the booking token and pass the token to the college immediately. If you have enrolled for distance learning, send the token to the college once you receive your learning materials

4.    Pay the college any balance that you owe if your SDS ILA funding does not cover the full cost of your course.


Please remember, it is YOUR responsibility to:

•    Have registered with SDS before you enrol
•    Complete the college’s SDS ILA booking form in college
•    Ensure that you receive a booking token from SDS
•    Sign the SDS ILA token immediately when you receive it
•    Give the SDS ILA token to the college Finance Department before it expires

If you do not do this, your place on the course will be withdrawn unless you immediately pay the full cost of the course.

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.


*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 2017/2018

Full details of College Fee Waiver Policy 2017-18 can be found here Fee-Waiver-Policy 2017-18