Most students studying part-time and distance learning courses will have to pay tuition fees. With this in mind, the college has dedicated staff that can guide you through the various options available to you and help you make the right decision. This short guide may also help you decide which payment option would be most suitable to you.
Fee Waiver (not applicable for Commercial courses)
If you or a member of your family are in receipt of certain means tested benefits (listed below), or you fall within the ‘low income’ threshold, you may be eligible for free tuition. If Fee Waiver is your preferred method of funding, you will be required to provide evidence of your benefit/income. This can be done by uploading the evidence to your online application, or by handing it in to our Administration Services Team at your local campus. If you do not provide this evidence before the start date of the course, you may lose your place or be invoiced for the full amount.
The student or student’s family are in receipt of:
- Income Support
- Working Tax Credit
- Pension Credit
- Income-based Job Seekers Allowance
- Income Related Employment and Support Allowance
- Housing Benefit or
- Universal Credit (which was introduced in Inverness in November 2013 and will be phased in across the rest of the UK over the coming years to replace the benefits listed above).
or the student is in receipt of:
- Carer’s Allowance (or carers who have an ‘underlying entitlement’ to Carer’s Allowance but gave up the allowance to, for example, claim their pension)
- Disability Living Allowance
- Severe Disablement Allowance
- Attendance Allowance
- Incapacity Benefit, or
- Contributory Employment and Support Allowance (this also includes people whose contributory ESA has ended due to the time-limiting nature of this benefit, but who remain entitled to NI credits for incapacity.
- Personal Independence Payment
or the taxable income of the student’s family in the previous financial tax year (2015/16) is equivalent to or lower than the threshold below:
- Households with only one person: £8,282
- Households consisting of a couple without children: £12,395, or
- Households with dependent children: £18,977.
If you have any queries regarding this type of funding then please call our Administration Team on 0300 123 1010.
Students who are studying on a part-time basis and aged between 16-19 years old may be eligible for a part-time EMA if they are not already receiving EMA from another College or Local Authority if household income for 2015/16 is below:
- £24,421 if only one child in the household
- £26,884 if more than one child in the household.
If you are already in receipt of an EMA you cannot submit an application for a part-time EMA.
If you wish to apply for a part-time EMA please contact the Administration Team at your campus or call 0300 123 1010.
Find out more about EMA at www.emascotland.com
Skills Development Scotland (SDS) Individual Training Accounts (£200)
Individual Training Accounts (ITAs) are for people who are 16 or over and living in Scotland.
Find out more on the SDS website at www.myworldofwork.co.uk/learn-and-train/sds-individual-training-accounts-ita
If you have any queries regarding this type of funding then please call our Administration Team on 0300 123 1010
SAAS Part-Time Fee Grant
Session 16/17 – The income eligibility threshold is £25,000. The range of eligible Scottish Qualifications Framework (SCQF) course credits has been extended to between 30 and 119 in an academic year. The funding available will continue to be a tuition fee grant. However, the level of grant available now links to the number of credits you study. This means the amount of support may vary from £500 depending on how many credits you study.
You would be liable to pay any balance. If SAAS find you are eligible for this type of funding they will send you an Award Notice which should be forwarded to us at Administration Services, Freepost RTHJ-UKJB-JAYT, Old Glamis Road, DUNDEE, DD3 8LE
Applications for funding can be obtained from SAAS at www.saas.gov.uk (see part time student funding). You should have your funding in place no later than 6 months after the start date of your course.
If you have any queries regarding this type of funding then please call our Administration Team on 0300 123 10 10 or visit the SAAS website.
Where a third party sponsor (such as an employer) has agreed to pay for all or part of the cost of a course, please enter all the relevant invoice details on your online application within the Employer Section within Course Fees. If, for whatever reason, a sponsor fails to pay, the student will be liable for any fees unpaid and will be treated as self-financing.
If you are not eligible for funding and would like to pay the cost of a course yourself, the full fee becomes due on registration. You can pay this in full by credit/debit card, cheque or by cash.
Alternatively, if you meet the following criteria you may be eligible to pay by Direct Debit
- Where any net fee is in excess of £200 and the duration of the course exceeds six months. You have the option to set-up a direct debit. You will be required to complete the direct debit form prior to starting your course. The cost of the course will be split into six instalments and payments will commence one month after of the registration date.
If you would like to discuss this further please phone 0300 123 1010 or email email@example.com