Other Financial Support Available

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many courses are available at West College Scotland including computing

Students who are not eligible for existing student support or students who would like to supplement their student income may be interested in the following alternative sources of funding.

If you would like further information or advice on funding support please contact the Student Information Centre on either of the numbers given below.

Career Development Loans

If you are over 18 years of age and unable to get financial support to help you study (whether full-time or part-time) you may be able to apply for a Career Development Loan (CDL). The government manages CDLs through partnership with a number of high street banks.

Loans between £300 and £8,000 are available to cover up to 80% of course fees (100% if you have been unemployed for more than 3 months).

For further information please contact:
Career Development Loans
Tel: 0800 585 505
Web: www.lifelonglearning.co.uk

Part-time Student Grant - Advanced Courses

New support for Higher Education (HE) part-time and distance learning students is to be introduced for Autumn enrolment 2008.

A part time HE fee grant of up to £500 will be available to all new and existing students who are aged 16 or over, earn £18,000 or less and who are studying at 50% or more of a full time course. This fee grant will replace the current £500 loan.

Application forms for the new scheme will be available from the end of June 2008, and you will be able to apply by contacting the ILA Scotland helpline on 0808 100 1090.

To apply or for more information contact ILA Scotland:
Tel: 0808 100 1090
Web: www.ilascotland.org.uk

Individual Learning Accounts

ILA Scotland

West College Scotland is a registered ILA Scotland Learning Provider and many part-time and evening courses are eligible for ILA Scotland funding. ILA Scotland is a Scottish Government scheme which helps you get up to £500 a year towards the cost of your course.

If you wish to apply for a fee waiver, you are required to show evidence that you are in receipt of benefits and of your residence status. Please bring this proof along when you enroll and your fees may be waived.

ILA Scotland funding is available to people who:

  • have an income of £22,000 a year or less or who are on benefits
  • are age 16 or over
  • are ordinarily resident in Scotland

To apply or for more information contact ILA Scotland:
Tel: 0808 100 1090
Web: www.ilascotland.org.uk

Educational Trusts, Charities & Scholarships

There are a large number of trusts, charities and scholarships that give limited amounts of financial assistance to students. These awards do not have to be repaid, however if you are receiving certain benefits or if you already receive a college bursary or grant funding from the Scottish Awards Agency for Scotland, then the amount of award you receive may affect your award or benefit entitlement.

For further information on how much Educational Trust & Charity funding you may attract without affecting your existing support, please contact the relevant student funding body or your local benefits agency for information on income disregards.

Information on Educational Trusts and Charities can be obtained from the following bodies:

The Register of Educational Endowments
Scottish Awards Agency for Scotland, Gyleview House, 3 Redheughs Rigg, South Gyle, Edinburgh, EH12 9HH.
Tel: 0845 111 1711
Web: www.saas.gov.uk

The Carnegie UK Trust
Andrew Carnegie House, Pittencrieff Street, Dunfermline, KY12 9AW
Tel: 01383 721445
Web: www.carnegieuktrust.org.uk

Educational Grants Advisory Service (EGAS)
501-505 Kingsland Road, Dalston, London, E8 4AU
Tel: 020 7254 6251
Web: www.egas-online.org.uk

Discount for Senior Citizens

If a fee waiver or Individual Learning Account (ILA) is not available senior citizens may apply for a 25% discount on course fees.

Further Information

The best piece of advice we can give is find out as much as you can about the financial implications of coming to college. Speak to our Student Information Centre for more advice and help with your individual case.

Student Information Centre:
Tel: 01475 724433 (Greenock)
Email: enquiries@jameswatt.ac.uk

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