Part Time Course Funding

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Part Time Courses


If you're employed and studying a part-time/evening course, you'll be expected to pay tuition fees and other costs, such as exam fees.  The fee is shown on the course information page.  However, some students may qualify for a part time fee grant from SAAS or an ITA through Skills Development Scotland.  If you are on a low income or receive benefits, you may be eligible for a fee waiver.

Fee Waiver

The college may offer a fee waiver if you receive certain benefits or are on a low income contact for more information.  

SAAS Part-time Fee Grant

Normally, students studying a part-time course at SCQF level 7 and above may apply to SAAS for help towards tuition fees. The amount of support available will depend on how many credits you are studying. To be eligible you must:

  • Studying part-time HNC/HND/PDA/Degree.
  • Studying between 30-119 SCQF credits (1 unit=8 SCQF credits).
  • Have an income below £25,000.
  • Meet residency criteria:
    • 3 years resident in UK.
    • Resident in Scotland on 1 August 2021.
    • Non-UK or EU students must have ‘settled status’.  
  • Not be accessing other funding:
    • Full-time SAAS funding
    • ITA200, Training for Work
    • Get Ready for Work 
    • Modern Apprenticeship Scheme.

To apply for the SAAS Part Time Fee Grant (PTFG) you can download a copy of the Part-time Fee Grant (PTFG) application from the SAAS website. You must apply no later than six months after your course starts. Always keep a copy of the form and documents for future reference. 

What you should do now

  • Access the form on the SAAS website.
  • Complete all sections of the form using these notes.
  • Check that you are eligible:
    • Study an eligible course
    • Meet the residence criteria
    • Earning an average gross (before tax and National Insurance) income of £25,000 a year or less, including bonuses and overtime
  • Scan and email the completed form and all evidence to  Do not send in paper copies as they will not be accepted as per SAAS guidelines.   

The form will be assessed and if it is complete and the evidence is correct this will then be sent to SAAS who will process it and they will contact you.

Individual Training Accounts

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) Individual Training Accounts (ITAs) are for people who are 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 on 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.

To find out more or to apply, visit My World of Work website. 

You must apply for an ITA before booking on your course. For more information on the full eligibility criteria and the courses which ITA can be used to support visit My World of Work or call SDS on 0800 917 8000. 


The Government made changes to the EMA programme from January 2016 and EMA is available to students studying on a part-time course. The EMA is a weekly amount of £30. Please refer to the section EMA funding page for more information.

To apply for EMA, please email