Fees and money support
The good news is that depending on your personal circumstances there are a wide range of bursaries, grants and allowances available to fund your college studies. Our Student Finance Advisors can advise you on all aspects of student funding, from tuition fees and bursaries to help with housing, childcare and travel costs. The support available depends upon what you will be studying with us, how you choose to study, as well as your personal circumstances.
If you’ve got any financial concerns regarding your course before you start, or you need help with the funding application forms, including our Part Time Course Fee Waivers, Bursaries, Education Maintenance Allowances, Childcare Funds, Discretionary Hardship Funds or SAAS funding for Higher Education courses then please do not hesitate to contact us or drop into Student Services.
You can find the standard course fees in our Course Fees Leaflet. Normally, if you're studying full time for the first time and a Scottish Resident your course fees will be covered through your funding application for Bursary or SAAS funds, you should check this out if you have had funding before or have not been Ordinarily resident in Scotland for the previous year and a UK resident for three years.
If you are looking to study part time and are on a low income you may be able to apply for a Part Time Course Fee Waiver for your course. There are different claim forms and criteria depending on whether your course is a Further Education or Higher Education course, check the claim form to see if you can claim this.
If you do not qualify for a fee waiver then you may qualify for help through an SDS ILA 200 or for Higher Education course only, the SAAS Part Time Fee Grant. Check their web sites for guidance on your and your course’s eligibility or contact Student Services.
In addition to the funding available from the College for your course, you may also be entitled to other funds, discounts and even money advice such as:
- Budgeting and money advice
- Benefits Agency
- Housing Benefit
- Professional and Career Development Loans
- Educational Trusts & Endowments
- Prescriptions, Optical and Dental Care Charges
- General student discounts
- National Entitlement Card for Young People
- Scotland-wide free bus travel for older and disabled people
- IT software
- National Insurance Contributions and Income Tax/PAYE
- Discounts for families on low income
- Other grants and bursaries
We hope this information will help you work out what to apply for and when. If you would like more help, please contact Student Services, we will be happy to help.
Whether becoming a full time or part time student, you may find it useful to draft a monthly budget. This will help you to determine whether the method of study is appropriate to you and your family’s circumstances and help to ensure you are accessing all the funding available to you. You may find a helpful.
Being a full time student will have an effect on your finances because of the change in your income and the way you are paid. Also, you may be able to increase your income by taking a part-time job, getting help from the Childcare Funds, Hardship Funds or from a Trust and Foundation search. All of these can ease the cost of study.
Additionally, you may decide to use your personal savings and reduce costs by accessing a Student Bank/Building Society account which offer the benefits of discount schemes with National stores etc. as well as offering interest free overdrafts. You may also be able to rearrange any existing personal loan repayment terms to help reduce monthly bills.
While a student, you may be offered additional options such as Credit Cards and Store Cards, if you don’t already have them. These are very easy to use and are often used by students. However, be aware that these are among the most expensive methods of spreading the payment of goods.