Full-Time Further Education Student
Whether you qualify for student finance depends on your:
You must be studying a suitable further education course of 16+ hours per week. These are courses below HNC level (SCQF Levels 1-6) and include, but are not limited to:
- Access Courses
- City & Guilds
- Intermediate 1
- Intermediate 2
- National Certificate (NC)
- National Qualification (NQ)
- National Progression Award (NPA)
- Professional Development Award (PDA)
- Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ)
General residence conditions
You can apply if you meet all of the following three conditions:
- you’re a UK or EU national or have ‘settled status’ (no restrictions on how long you can stay in the UK), and
- you’ve been ordinarily resident in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man for the three years immediately before the start date of your course, and
- you normally live (are ordinarily resident) in Scotland on the start date of your course.
Exceptions to the general residence conditions
If you don’t meet the general residence conditions, you might still be able to apply if you identify with one of the eligible exception residency types listed below:
- UK nationals or their family members who have returned to the UK to live or study from the EU, EEA or Switzerland
- UK nationals who were born in and have spent the greater part of their life in the UK
- UK nationals returning from temporary employment or study outside the UK
- Dual UK/EU citizens
- family member of EU national
- EEA or Swiss citizens and family members working in the UK
- people recognised as refugees and their family members
- under humanitarian protection (as a result of a failed application for Asylum)
- child of a Swiss national
- child of a Turkish worker
- Syrian nationals in the UK under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme
- Iraqi citizens with indefinite leave to enter the UK under the Iraqi Direct Entry Scheme
- Afghan citizens with leave to enter under the Locally Employed Staff Scheme
- granted leave to remain as a Stateless Person
- under 18 and has been granted temporary protection in the UK
- living in the UK for a significant part of their lives but are not considered as ‘settled’
- living in the UK as a victim of modern slavery, including human trafficking, slavery, servitude and forced or compulsory labour
- under 18 and has lived in the UK for seven years just before the course start date
- over 18 and has lived in the UK for half their life or twenty years. This has to be just before their course start date
You'll need to prove your status before your application will be accepted, but we'll tell you what evidence to send as part of your application.
You can find out more about the exceptions to the general residence conditions on the SAAS website. The residence eligibility conditions can be complicated, if you are in any doubt about your residence status you should contact us for advice.
There is no upper age limit but you must have reached your statutory school-leaving age.
If you turn 16 on or between 01 October 2020 and 29 February 2021 you are classed as a Christmas Leaver. You can attend your course from August 2020, but will not qualify for funding until January 2021. Until this date you may be eligible for support for your travel and study costs through your school or your Local Education Authority. You should contact them for further advice.
Your fees will be waived if you meet the residence conditions, however bursaries will not normally be available for those who have previously received financial support for a full time course beyond the age of 18 years.
In special circumstances, the College may award a second award if there are fair and good reasons for doing so. The College has access to a national database of information on previous student’s awards that will be used to vet applications.
If you’re a Scottish student, you don’t have to pay fees.
Scottish students are not just students from Scotland. You’re considered a Scottish student if you meet the general residence conditions or are an eligible exception residency type such as a refugee, stateless person or under humanitarian protection.
English, Northern Irish, Welsh student
If you’re a student from other parts of the UK (outside Scotland), you may have to pay tuition fees.
You should apply to your Local Education Authority for funding to pay your fees whilst studying in Scotland.
If you’re someone from outside the UK and Europe and are not an eligible exception residency type, you’ll pay higher fees compared to the UK students.
An EU student without 3 years’ residency in the UK or EU will be liable for the following fees
Full time international fees are £4,600
In order to qualify for a fee-waiver you must be studying on a full time ESOL. Please be aware that you must bring your Home Office papers, Biometric Residence Card and/Aspen card to confirm your status in the UK.
If the Home Office have rejected your asylum application, you will not be entitled to any tuition fee or living-cost support and you will be charged international fees. Please contact the Finance Department for advice 0141 630 5022.
If you are not eligible for student funding, you may be liable to pay a tuition fee. The tuition fee you pay will vary depending on your fee status and your course of study and is payable on enrolment. It is expected that students pay the full fee for any programme of study prior to the commencement of the programme.
Full time fees - £1,008
Contact us for advice on the cost of your course. In addition the following evidence will be required:
Letter confirming your employer will pay your fees; or
Purchase Order number from your employer; or
Employer Declaration Form (available upon request from the Finance Department) which should be completed by your employer.
Fees are paid in full at enrolment by Cash, Cheque or Credit/Debit Card at the Finance Office, Springburn Campus or by Debit/Credit Card by telephoning 0141 630 5022.
Alternatively, fees can be paid by bank transfer:
Sort Code: 83-07-06
Account Number: 19615424
If you envisage difficulty paying in full, please contact our Finance staff to discuss alternative payment methods. Finance staff can arrange formal payment plans and direct debits for self-financing students on full/part time day courses and some advanced evening classes. It is expected that payment should be received in full prior to the end date of the course.
If you withdraw within 3 weeks of commencement of the programme you will be given a full refund subject to the deduction of a £40 administration fee.
Withdrawal after three weeks of the commencement of any block - the full fees for the block will be charged.
It is important that you contact the college as soon as possible if you are experiencing difficulty in paying your fee as sanctions for non-payment of fees can include:
Certification may be withheld;
Withdrawal of ICT facilities;
Referral to College’s Debt Collection Agency;
Potential removal from course of study
If you are studying a further education course you need to apply to Glasgow Kelvin College for funding. You don’t need to pay this funding back.
The Bursary Office will use the information you provide in your funding application to work out how much you’ll get. You could receive one or more of the following allowances depending on your age, where you live, your household income and your personal circumstances:
Students who have reached school leaving age and are under 18 on the course start date will be assessed for EMA.
You could get £30 a week, paid every two weeks, depending on your household income.
Your household income must be below a certain level for you to be able to receive EMA. There are two different levels, depending on your family circumstances:
- Household income must be £24,421 or less if you are the only young person in the household.
- Household income must be £26,884 or less if there are any other dependent children in the household.
If you have no parental support or are a lone parent and receive benefits such as Income Support or Universal Credit, you may qualify for EMA to be paid in addition to your benefits. If this applies to you, payment of EMA will be made beyond the age of 18 up until your 20th birthday.
Students living with parents
If you're living with your parents, you could get:
- Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), if you're under 18
- up to £84.30 a week, if you're between 18-24 and supported by your parents
- up to £106.53 a week, if you're over 25 or certain self-supporting student. See the definition below for self-supporting students
To get this funding, you must meet both of the following conditions:
- you live at your parental home within, what the college determines as, a reasonable travelling distance from the college
- you do not have an established permanent home of your own
Students living in their own home or at a term-time address
If you're living in your own home or at a term-time address, you could get:
- up to £42.35 a week on top of Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), if you're under 18
- up to £106.53 a week, if you're between 18-24 and supported by parents
- up to £106.53 a week, if you're a self-supporting student. See the definition below for self-supporting students
To get this funding, you must meet one of the below conditions:
- you're not living at your parental home because it is not within reasonable travelling distance from the college
- you have an established permanent home of your own
How the household income affects funding
The household income is based on your parents, spouse or partner’s total gross income (before tax and National Insurance) in the previous tax year (2019/20 if you’re applying to study in 2020/21), as this is the most recent full tax year at the time applications open.
The following table shows how the weekly amount of bursary maintenance allowance is affected by household income:
|Household Income||Under 18|
Living Away From Home
Living At Home
Living Away From Home
|Aged 25 or Over |
|£20,000 or less||£42.35||£84.30||£106.53||£106.53|
These figures are for guidance only based on a 43 week course and may vary if there are other dependent children or students in the household.
If you’ve ever been looked after by a local authority in the UK, you may be eligible for a care experienced bursary of £202.50 per week. This is not assessed on household income and there is no upper age limit from academic year 2020/21.
You will be required to provide evidence from a professional person who can confirm your circumstances. This is normally someone from the local authority where you were looked after.
Types of care experience
You can apply for the care experienced bursary if you:
- are adopted - only those who have been looked after in the UK and went on to be adopted can be considered for the bursary
- have been looked after by foster carers
- have been looked after by kinship carers
- have been in residential care
- have been looked after at home or away from home (with social work support).
You will be assessed for travel costs if you live more than 2 miles walking distance from your campus. If you have dependent children, we will calculate the distance via your childcare provider.
Travel costs are not assessed on your household income if you’re under 18. This means if your household income is too high to receive EMA, you may still be eligible for the bursary travel allowance. You must still complete a funding application, but will not have to submit evidence of household income.
We cover the cheapest public transport, normally the cost of a student FirstWeek bus ticket, or 18.65 pence per mile if there is no public transport available. You are of course free to choose your own mode of transport; however, you will be responsible for any additional costs as a result.
You may get funding to cover essential study expenses, such as:
- specific clothing, footwear or tools essential for the course
- essential books and texts
- items required for health and safety reasons
- the cost of a criminal check for eligible students
This allowance is paid directly to your department on your behalf, who will supply you with the necessary materials.
Study costs are not assessed on household income if you’re under 18. This means if your household income is too high to receive EMA, you may still be eligible for a bursary study expense allowance. You must still complete a funding application, but will not have to submit evidence of household income.
If you have to pay extra costs because of your disability you can apply for an Additional Support Needs for Learning Allowance. This allowance offers help towards your travel and study costs, on top of any other disability grants and benefits you might receive. It’s not assessed on your household income.
We can help with taxi transportation costs if you are unable to use public transport due to a disability or impairment. It doesn’t matter if you live less than 2 miles from your campus.
We will need to see proof of your disability, such as:
- Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
- Personal Independence Payments (PIP)
We will also need a recent letter from a GP or other medical consultant which includes details of your disability or impairment, the expected duration (or confirmation that it is ongoing), and the potential difficulties when using public transport.
If you already receive funding for travel, we may take this into account. Funding taken into account can include Personal Independence Payment (PIP), DLA mobility component, DLA motability scheme and concessionary bus passes.
You may be able to apply for a Dependant’s Allowance of £57.32 a week if you are financially or legally responsible for an adult (including caring for someone). This allowance is also assessed on you and your dependant's income and your family circumstances.
Your dependant’s income should be less than £57.32 per week.
The Scottish Government have created a new website Student Information Scotland. For the first time, further and higher education funding information is available in one place to help you make informed choices. You can use the Funding Checker to find out what funding you can get or use the mobile friendly Budget Calculator to help you balance your budget.