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.
SAAS Part-time Fee Grant (Part-time HE study)
If you are over 16 and living in Scotland with an annual income of less than £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 the 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 a 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 ITA 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 2019/20
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 College Fee Waiver Policy. 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
Full details of College Fee Waiver Policy can be found here: Fee Waiver Policy 2020-21
Refund of Fees
For guidelines on the refund of course fees click Refund of Course Fees Guidelines
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.
Individual Training Account (ITA’s)
Skills Development Scotland (SDS) Individual Training Accounts (ITAs) are for people aged 16 or over, living in Scotland and either in low paid work or actively seeking work. You must have an income of £22,000 a year or less, or be on certain benefits to be eligible to get up to £200 towards the costs of learning or training.
You can apply for an ITA if you are not undertaking any secondary, further or higher education, SDS funded training or participating in the Community Jobs Scotland programme.
ITAs are available if you are interested in learning something new or developing an existing skill to support you in work. There is a wide range of courses to choose from and you can study with any ITA approved learning provider, including learning centres, local colleges, universities and private training providers.
Please note that you must be registered for an ITA before attending your first class.
To find out more or to apply, visit www.myworldofwork.co.uk