Funding your studies

Summary: Helpful information about funding your studies at West College Scotland. Introduces financial advice, funding of all levels of courses, studying on benefits and government funded opportunities.

exercise your right to the funding available

The best piece of advice we can give is find out as much as you can about the financial implications of coming to college.

Fees are associated with every course on offer at the college. Whether or not you have to pay tuition fees and the level of funding support available depends on the level of the course you will be studying.

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Funding Application System

West College Scotland has launched our online funding application system. Learners looking to apply for funding including bursaries will be now be able to do this online. This system has replaced bursary packs.

To apply for your funding you will need your Student Reference Number to activate your account. You will find this on your letter of unconditional offer/acceptance.

Visit the student funding online application system


A guide to funding:

  • Full-time Non-Advanced Courses
    If you decide to study a full-time NC, SVQ, VTCT, SGA course or a programme of Highers you may be eligible for a bursary or Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA).
  • Full-time Advanced Courses
    If you are studying a full-time HNC, HND or Degree course you may qualify for financial support to cover your course fees from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).
  • Part-time Courses
    Students who are studying a part-time course at college are not normally eligible for the same type of funding mechanisms as those studying on a full-time basis. However, alternative sources of funding, such as a part-time loan, ILA or scholarship, may be available to you.
  • Studying on Benefits
    It can often be possible to study whilst in receipt of certain benefits.
  • Read Guide to FE Funding Booklet 2013-14

Get more information

It is important to receive individual advice on student funding. Speak to our Learner Support Centre for more advice and help with your individual case.

Tel: 01475 724 433 (Greenock)
Email: enquiries@jameswatt.ac.uk

Other funding support & advice:

  • Government Funded Opportunities
    Information on job-focused training opportunities (such as the Skillseeker and Modern Apprenticeships programmes) offering financial assistance to those seeking to gain qualifications whilst in employment or to help people gain the qualities and skills they need to increase their employability.
  • Other Financial Support Available
    Details of additional support sources including the Child Care Fund, Discretionary Fund, European Social Fund and claiming benefits whilst you study.
  • Disabled Student Allowance for Higher Education Students
    Visit SAAS website for advice about DSA for students studying a course of higher education (for example, HNC, HND, degree or equivalent level). Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) Advice

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