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.  Please contact for more information as not all courses have fee waiver places.  

As courses may also have limited fee waiver places students who are eligible for fee waiver, will processed and authorised in date order.

SAAS Part-time Fee Grant

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

  • Studying an eligible part time higher education (HE) course for example, HNC/HND/Professional Graduate Diploma in Education or some Professional Development awards/SVQ3/SVQ4.
  • Studying a minimum 30 -119 SCQF credits (1 unit = 8 SCQF credits).
  • Have an income below £25,000 (before tax and national insurance).
  • 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 accessing other funding:
    • Full-time SAAS funding
    • ITA, Training for Work
    • Get Ready for Work 
    • Modern Apprenticeship Scheme.

To apply for the SAAS Part Time Fee Grant (PTFG) you can apply through the SAAS website by creating a SAAS Account. You must apply no later than six months after your course starts.

What you should do now
  • Create an account on the SAAS website.
  • Complete all sections of the form.
  • Check that you:
    • 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.
    • Submit and track your application through your SAAS account.   

The form will be assessed and if it is complete and the evidence is correct SAAS will show your award letter in your account.  Contact or telephone 0141 375 5193 to confirm your award and pay any outstanding balance.

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. 

Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA)

The Government made changes to the EMA programme from January 2016 and EMA is available to students, under 18, 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

Childcare and Discretionary/Hardship Funding

Some students on part-time courses are able to apply for either of these funds depending on their circumstances and the level of course. Please see the Childcare and Hardship sections for more information.

Fee Payment Form

  • Payment Instruction Form.
  • Company Authorisation Form.
  • Fee Waiver Form - Do not complete until June for 23/24 session as evidence would need to be provided/ dated from June 2023 onwards.    Some students on part-time courses may be able to apply for fee waiver, eligible students must be on certain benefits or low income (details on form).  Please contact for more information as not all courses have fee waiver places.  As courses may also have limited fee waiver places students who are eligible for fee waiver, will processed and authorised in date order.