Funding for Part-Time Courses

Some students may qualify for assistance with tuition fees if they are studying part-time. 

This may be a fee waiver if you are on a low income or receive benefits or Part-Time Fee Grant from SAAS or an ITA through Skills Development Scotland.

Fee Waiver

The College may offer a fee waiver if you receive certain benefits or are on a low income. You must also meet the residency criteria. For further information please email

SAAS Part-time Fee Grant

You must be studying a part-time course at SCQF level 7 and above and any support available will depend on how many credits you are studying.

To be eligible you must be:

  • Studying part-time HNC/HND/PDA/Degree
  • Studying between 30 – 119 SCQF credits
  • Have an income below £25,000
  • Meet the residency criteria
  • Not accessing other funding

How to apply for SAAS Part-Time Fee Grant

You should apply as early as possible to ensure your tuition fee funding is in place at the start date of your course.

The application closing date for academic session 2022/23 is 31 March 2023.

You must apply for Part-time Fee Grant (PTFG) for each year of your course.

Apply on the SAAS website:

Individual Training Accounts (ITA)

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 the My World of Work website. (You must apply for an ITA before booking on your course).


EMA is now available to students studying on a part-time course at non-advanced level (under HNC level). To be eligible you must meet the residency required and household income limits below.

If you are under 18 years old at the official start date of your course, you may be considered for an EMA. An EMA is not a loan.

EMA is only available once you have reached your statutory school leaving date. Students who are 16 between 1 October 2022 and 28 February 2023 will not be eligible until January 2023 provided you are still attending your course in January 2023

The EMA is based on your household income. In addition to EMA, all students under 18 years may receive help with travel expenses and essential course materials as these as not means-tested against household income but you must meet the residency criteria and for travel, you must live at least 2 miles from the campus you will be studying at.

EMA is not paid during the holiday periods.

You must not be receiving an EMA from any other college or school.

If you turn 18 years old during your course you will remain on EMA.

Scales for EMA

Household Income No of dependent children in household Award
£0 - £24,421 1 £30
£0 - £26,884 2+ £30
£24,442 or above 1 NIL
£26,885 or above 2+ NIL

How to apply for Part-Time EMA

Once you have accepted your conditional or unconditional place and funding is open for session 2022/23 you should contact to request a paper application form. You will have to complete the paper application and submit it with the required documentation.