To qualify as a Scottish student you must meet all of the following conditions:
You normally live in Scotland on the first day of the first academic year of the course (usually 1st August)
You've been living in the UK for three years before starting your course
You're a UK national or have 'settled status' (no restrictions on how long you can stay)
If you do not meet all of the three conditions, you may still be eligible for some elements of support if you meet the requirements of one of the other UK residency categories listed:
You're an EU national, or family member of an EU national
You're a refugee
You're under humanitarian protection (as a result of a failed application for asylum)
You're a migrant worker
You're a child of a Swiss national
You're a child of a Turkish worker
You're a Syrian Refugee (VPRS)
You must also normally be living in Scotland on the first day of the first academic year of the course.
If, for any reason, you are not funded by SAAS then the College will ask you to pay tuition fees of £1,285 per year. Please let the Finance team know at your enrolment if you think that you might have to self-fund. Payments by instalments can be arranged with the Finance team. If you’re thinking about withdrawing from your course please be sure to contact the Finance office to see whether a pro-rated amount might be due to the College. The College Refund & Withdrawal Policy provides more information, including the reasons that the College would not issue an invoice.
Support is available for part-time students who may be eligible to pay for their courses. Please contactFinance@nclan.ac.uk for information.
A fee waiver is available to some part-time students depending on certain circumstances to help with the cost of their tuition fees.
Most students studying part-time and on distance learning courses will have to pay tuition fees. However, if you receive certain benefits, are on a low income, or are disabled, you may be eligible for free tuition.
The College may offer a fee waiver if you are in receipt of one of the following:
Severe Disablement Allowance
Disability Living Allowance
Working Tax Credit/Universal Credit
Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
Non Scots domiciled Service Veterans
Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance
Looked After or accommodated by a Local Authority
Contribution Based Employment and Support Allowance
School Pupil, Link, Primary, Winter Leaver
At online enrolment, you will be asked: ‘How are you paying your tuition fees’, please select Fee Waiver.
For Audit Purposes, all students must provide the College with official documentary evidence as appropriate, from the Department of Work and Pensions; Job Centre Plus; Inland Revenue; Local Authority, MoD or Home Office. You must upload this documentary evidence when completing your online enrolment. The information will be checked by the Finance department.
Skills Development Scotland (SDS) Individual Training Accounts (ITAs) are for people who are 16 or over, living in Scotland and either in low paid work or actively seeking work. You must have an income of £22,000 a year or less, or be on certain benefits to be eligible to get up to £200 towards the costs of learning or training.
You can apply for an ITA if you are not undertaking any secondary, further or higher education, SDS funded training or participating on the Community Jobs Scotland programme.
ITAs are available if you are interested in learning something new or developing an existing skill to support you in work. There is a wide range of courses to choose from and you can study with any ITA approved learning provider, including learning centres, local colleges, universities and private training providers.
EU students who are studying a course of Higher Education in Scotland have been granted free tuition for the duration of their course. This means that eligible EU students will have access to free tuition, including tuition fee support from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS).
SAAS will assess applications against existing eligibility criteria, and will provide funding in the normal way. If you are a prospective student from the EU, you should click here to find out what funding is available to you.
Further Education (below HNC-level)
Full-time students who are enrolled on a full-time, non-advanced course will not be required to contribute towards the cost of tuition fees provided they have been resident in the UK or another EU country for the last three years and are ordinarily resident in Scotland on the 1st August on the year the course begins. Applications should be made online through the Student Funding Department (you will be emailed a hyperlink when you accept your place at College and this will let you make a Funding Application). Any student who fails to meet the criteria will be required to pay the cost of their tuition fee and should contact the college Finance Office to arrange this.
As an FE student from an EU country, you will not be able to access Maintenance (cost-of-living) or Travel expense funds until you have been resident in Scotland for 3 years. The Student Funding team will be able to talk you through residency issues as they can be complicated.
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