Part-time Funding Guide - Fee Information
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This page is about part-time courses. Please see our information on funding a full-time course.
In this document:
- Fee Waiver (not applicable for Commercial courses)
- Skills Development Scotland (SDS) Individual Learning Accounts (£200)
- SAAS Part-Time Fee Grant
- Sponsor Funding
- Self Funding
Most students studying part-time and distance learning courses will have to pay tuition fees. With this in mind the College has dedicated Student Funding 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 are in receipt of certain means tested benefits, certain disability benefits or you fall within the ‘low income’ threshold you may be eligible for free tuition. If you would like to apply for this type of funding we will require you to complete a fee waiver application and provide proof of benefit. Applications can be obtained from the Central Admissions or Student Funding Teams and will be issued upon acceptance onto your course. (For courses beginning in session 13/14 forms will not be available until approximately the beginning of August). No deposit will be required if you choose this option.
Skills Development Scotland (SDS) Individual Learning Accounts (£200)
Individual Learning Accounts (ILAs) are for people who are 16 or over and living in Scotland. You must have an income of £22,000 a year or less, or be on benefits to be eligible to get up to £200 towards the costs of learning or training.
As of 1 July 2012 additional eligibility criteria applies. If you are not in education, do not have a degree or above and are not taking part in a National Training Programme (Modern Apprenticeship, Get Ready for Work or Training for Work) you can apply for an ILA.
You must have you account activated by SDS before the start date of your selected course otherwise you will be unable to use this type of funding. Should there be insufficient funds in your account to cover the full cost of the course then you must arrange to pay the outstanding balance at the time of booking. This funding scheme will not cover the cost of books or other materials unless specifically included within the course fee.
Once you have provided us with your Individual Learning Account number and the booking has been processed you will receive a Learning Token from SDS Scotland. This must be forwarded to us at Central Admissions, Angus College, Keptie Road, Arbroath, DD11 3EA. If you do not receive your Learning Token before the start date of your course please contact SDS on 0808 100 1090. If we do not receive your Learning Token before the expiry date or if you have not enrolled onto your course we will have no alternative than to invoice you for the full cost of the course.
Applications for funding can be obtained from SDS by calling free on 0808 100 1090 or you can visit their website at skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk
If you have any queries regarding this type of funding then please call our Central Admissions Team on 01241 432724.
SAAS Part-Time Fee Grant
If you earn less than £22,000 per year, are aged 16 or over or have reached compulsory school leaving age and are a resident in Scotland then you may qualify for £500 funding from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). This funding can be used towards the cost of selected part-time Higher National qualifications as well as Professional qualifications at Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) levels 7 – 10.
Students must be studying between 40 - 90 SCQF credits in the academic year.
The income eligibility threshold for part-time study will increase from £22,000 to £25,000. The range of eligible Scottish Qualifications Framework (SCQF) course credits has been extended to between 30 and 119. 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 Central Admissions, Angus College, Keptie Road, Arbroath, DD11 3EA.
Applications for funding can be obtained from SAAS at www.saas.gov.uk (see Non Standard Support – part time funding) You should have your funding in place before the start date of course. (For courses beginning in session 13/14 funding forms will not be available until approximately April).
If you have any queries regarding this type of funding then please call our Central Admissions Team on 01241 432725 or visit the SAAS website.
Where an employer or sponsor has agreed to pay for all or part of the cost of a course we will require a confirmation letter on headed paper or a sponsor form to be completed along with any additional monies required towards the cost of your course. A deposit of £30 will be applicable.
If you are not eligible for funding and would like to pay the cost of a course yourself we will require full payment before or on your enrolment day. Students who are paying fees themselves may be offered an installment option which must be in place before the start date of the course and can be arranged by our Finance Team. A deposit of £30 will be applicable.
Any payments can be made by credit/debit card, cheque or by cash. Installments are non-refundable unless you leave your course due to medical reasons.