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Money does matter, especially when you decide to take up a course of study. The good news is, as a student, you may be eligible for financial support and there's a range of grants, bursaries and scholarships available. To find out what support could be available to you call 01592 223543.
National Qualification Bursary
If you're planning to start a full-time NQ you may be eligible for a bursary. You may also be eligible for Further Education Support Funds to help out with registered childcare, bills, rent, travel and living costs. Details of the support available to you and a Money Does Matter application form can be obtained from our Guidance staff – call 01592 223543.
Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA)
EMA funding is under review and may not be available in academic year 2012–13. At January 2012 the following statement applied – “If you’re 16–18 when you start full-time further education courses you can apply for an EMA to help with your living costs throughout your course. The amount of support you receive will be determined by the income coming into your household.”
More advice and information is available from the Guidance team.
Higher National Certificate/Diploma (HNC/D)
If you're starting out on a full-time HNC/D, you need to apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to make sure your tuition fees are paid. You'll probably need to take out a student loan to help with living costs too. Additional help from other support funds is only available if you've taken out a full student loan.
There are different levels of help available. Students under 25 from low income families may be eligible for a Young Student Bursary. Higher Education Support Funds are also available to help with rent, mortgage payments, registered childcare and living costs.
Individual Learning Account (ILA) 200
ILA 200 funding is available to part-time students only. For information on approved courses and student eligibility criteria please refer to the following website www.ilascotland.org.uk
Please note that ILA 200 funding must be in place prior to starting the course.
Part-time Fee Grant (SAAS)
Part-time fee grants may be available to students studying part-time advanced level courses. For more information and application forms please refer to following website www.saas.gov.uk
If you are applying for a bursary and/or a loan you will need to provide SAAS with proof of your household income. You should send this evidence by post to SAAS; you should send photocopies and not originals. If you need any further assistance with this please make a Guidance appointment.
If you have young children, finding someone to look after them when you’re at college is one of your top priorities, which is why financial assistance for registered childcare may be available for our students – call for details.
Other Sources of Financial Support
Adam Smith Foundation – Scholarships
Designed to assist students who are committed to their studies and successful in their coursework, a scholarship is a sum of money you can use to purchase equipment and materials linked to your course.
All scholarships are kindly supported by businesses, trusts, individuals and families and can provide you with the extra help needed whilst studying at College.
If you’re eligible, your lecturer will encourage you to apply.
Find out more about our scholarship programme.
NCTJ (National Council for the Training of Journalists) Journalism Diversity Fund
The fund has been set up by the industry to support the training of journalists from ethnically and socially diverse
backgrounds. It is aimed at people without the financial means to attend NCTJ accredited courses.
You will need to demonstrate a genuine commitment to journalism and have the drive and determination to be successful.
For more information about the application and selection process visit www.journalismdiversityfund.com