In most cases students studying on full-time advanced courses will not have to pay their own tuition fees providing that they are not repeating any area of study. Students must apply to the Students Award Agency Scotland (SAAS) to have their fees paid if they are to have fees paid on their behalf. If you do not meet the residency or other funding requirements you will have to pay your own tuition fees.
The following may be available depending on individual circumstance:
There are certain supplementary grants available from SAAS, which include:
Lone Parent Grants
Lone Parent Child Care Grant
Disabled Students Allowance
Vocational grant for care leavers
These will be assessed with your initial application with the exception of travelling expenses; these forms should be available between December & January from the college reception.
Payments of your SAAS instalments will in the majority of cases be paid monthly into your bank account. Although some students may be paid by cheque which can be collected at the Student Finance office in Falkirk or reception in Stirling & Alloa.
The loan you receive is repaid once you are in employment and earning over a certain salary (currently £15,000 per annum). The repayment is deducted from your wages in small amounts over a period of time. See www.slc.co.uk for more details.
There are several ways the college will help to support students on advanced courses, these include:
Please Note. The college can only aid a student with childcare costs when they use a registered child-minder or nursery.
All HE students will be sent an e-mail / letter with a link to the online application form. Please complete and submit your application form online and bring in all relevant documentation as soon as possible.
The Form for applying for this help is available from:
The Student Services Centre in Falkirk.
Main Reception In Alloa & Stirling Campuses.
For more information about what funding is available to you as a Higher Education Student please click here to download our information leaflet.
Please click below for the Forth Valley College step-by-step Guide to applying to SAAS.
If you have any questions or you are uncertain about your entitlement to funding you can contact SAAS using the information below:
Phone: 0845 111 1711