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A further education (or non-advanced) course can be classified as any course below HNC Level (or SCQF Level 6). Eligibility for funding support will always be dependent on individual circumstances. In most cases, students studying on full-time non-advanced courses will not have to pay their own tuition fees. Exceptions to this would be students who are repeating an area of study or those who do not satisfy residency requirements.
Bursary Maintenance Awards may be available for students aged 18 years or over on the date their course starts. You may also be eligible for a Bursary Maintenance Award if you are under the age of 18 and live by yourself/with a partner/with friends or with your child/children.
The amount awarded will depend on your circumstances.
If you are currently in receipt of benefits, you should contact the Student Funding Team for further advice.
Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)
Education Maintenance Allowances (EMA) are available for students aged 16-17 who live with their parents/guardians/foster parents and care leavers/those in care.
If you are granted an EMA, you will be eligible for £30 per week which is paid into your bank fortnightly.
You may also be eligible for EMA if you are studying a non-advanced part-time course, contact student funding to find out more.
Providing you live more than two miles from the campus you attend, you will receive the cost of a zonal student weekly ticket for public transport or fuel costs.
However, you will be unable to receive assistance towards travel costs if you have a bus pass or receive certain types of DLA/PIP benefits.
A childcare fund is available for assistance towards childcare costs. All FE students are eligible to apply to the fund.
This allowance is only paid for days you are timetabled to attend college or approved college work placements.
The amount awarded will be dependent on whether the family is a one-parent or two-parent family. If you have a partner in employment, your household income should be less than £39,999 per year.
There is a guaranteed Lone Parent Childcare Grant for Lone Parents - a grant of £1,215 that all lone parents (Full-time/Part-time FE and HE students) are eligible to apply for if they have registered childcare costs.
You may receive these grants even if you are not eligible to receive any further assistance from our childcare fund.
The childcare provider you use must be registered with Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland (SCSWIS).
Any assistance from the college’s childcare fund is paid directly to the childcare provider. Payments are also subject to attendance checks and parents will be eligible for any costs that are not met by the college.
The housing fund is for assistance with rent/mortgage costs if you have your own permanent accommodation and are financially responsible for these costs. You will only receive a percentage of your housing costs as this is a cash limited fund.
Students who are eligible for housing benefits/housing allowance must apply to the council in the first instance. Those who may be eligible include young people under 21, lone parents, families where parents are both full-time students and benefit claimants.
Where you are required to purchase items required for your course, please submit receipts to student funding and we will look at refunding these costs to you.
As a full-time student, you may be entitled to a council tax discount. Please contact your local council office for more information.
Student Assistance Fund
If you find yourself in unexpected financial difficulties while at College you may be eligible for assistance from our Student Assistance Fund. Application link below.
01324 403 000