The funding you are entitled to depends on the level of course you are studying, whether it is full-time or part-time and your individual circumstances.
Further Education Programmes
Students who enrol on a full-time non-advanced programme will not be required to contribute towards the cost of tuition fees if you have been ordinarily resident in Scotland (or the EEU; European Economic Area) for 3 years immediately before the first day of your course.
Students who enrol on part-time courses who receive benefits or on low income may be exempt from fees and be eligible for funding support under the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) Fee Waiver Grant Policy. Please refer to the Fee Waiver Guide
for more information. If you are not eligible, you may be eligible for a Skills Development Scotland – Individual Learning Account of £200 per year towards a course. Please refer to the My World of Work
website for guidance and contact the college for eligible courses.
Higher Education advanced courses (HNC/D, Advanced Diploma, Degree Programmes)
Students studying on a full-time basis on higher education programmes who have been ordinarily resident in Scotland (or the EEU; European Economic Area) for 3 years immediately before the first day of the course should apply to the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for payment of Tuition fees www.saas.gov.uk
or call 0300 555 0505 for more information.
In addition, you may be eligible for a student loan and/or additional allowances for help with living expenses.
Students studying on a part-time higher education course may be eligible for a part-time fee grant from SAAS. The amount of grant you are entitled to depends on the number of credits you are doing each year. Further information is available at www.saas.gov.uk
For all funding, you should apply as soon as you have accepted a place on a course. We can advise you on what to apply for, how to complete the application and what supporting documentation you may need.
Contact us on 0131 669 4400 for more information.
The online application for Further Education Bursaries, EMAs and Childcare will be open from the end of May 2017 onwards to applicants who have accepted their offer of place on their course.
Provided you have accepted your offer of place you will be able to access the online funding application by the end of May through the same account that you used to apply for the course.
Please note that students on advanced level courses (HNC level and above) have to apply to the Student Award Agency Scotland for funding – www.saas.gov.uk
Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) is a weekly payment made to young students aged 16 to 19 who have reached statutory school leaving age and are undertaking full-time study below HNC level (some part-time courses may also be eligible for an EMA, e.g. those that lead to a recognised qualification). An EMA is assessed on household income as confirmed by the Tax Credit Award Notice. Depending on your circumstances you could receive an allowance of £30 per week.
| Household Taxable Income - For 2017/18 Year||Weekly Allowance|
|£24,421 or less and no other children in the household in full-time education||£30|
|£26,884 or less and at least one other child in the household in full-time education||£30|
Further Education Bursary
Please note that the Bursary fund is limited, and an application to the fund does not guarantee that you will receive a bursary.
If you turn 20 during the course you will usually be assessed for a Further Education Bursary rather than an EMA.
An applicant living in the parental home who is under 25 on the start date of the course may receive an allowance of up to £75.91 a week (up to £95.94 if living away from the parental home, depending on the circumstances). The actual award paid depends on the level of parental/guardian income.
Students who are 25 or over on the start date of the course may be eligible for a weekly allowance of up to £95.94 depending on financial circumstances such as the level of partner income.
The bursary fund also assists with travel expenses and course expenses (text books, equipment etc. essential for the course). Students under 18 on the start date of the course can apply for these without submitting details of parental income. There is also assistance available with the cost of college approved halls of residence next to the Granton campus or on the Milton Road campus.
Please note that early school leavers (born between the 1 October 2000 and the 28 February 2017) are only eligible for financial assistance from January 2017 onwards.