Applicants who are ordinarily resident in Scotland will usually be eligible for funding for study at Edinburgh College. The funding received will depend on individual circumstances and the course undertaken. Applicants who have recently moved to Scotland will not normally qualify for assistance such as further education bursaries, EMAs and student loans.
Most full-time students do not have to pay course fees and some students may be exempt from fees for part-time, evening and open learning courses. For some access courses, there are no fees.
The online application for Further Education Bursaries, EMAs and Childcare will be open from the end of May 2016 onwards to applicants who have accepted their offer of place on their course.
Provided you have accepted your offer of place you will be able to access the online funding application by the end of May through the same account that you used to apply for the course.
Please note that students on advanced level courses (HNC level and above) have to apply to the Student Award Agency Scotland for funding – www.saas.gov.uk
Full Time Courses
Advanced Study (HNC/Ds, Advanced Diploma, Degree Programmes)
Students resident in Scotland on the start date of their course and resident in the EEA for 3 years before the course begins should apply to the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS
) for payment of tuition fees. You can apply online saas.gov.uk
or call 0300 555 0505 for more information.
In addition, you may be eligible for a student loan and/or additional allowances for help with living expenses.
Non-Advanced Study (Below HNC level)
Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA) is a weekly payment made to young students aged 16 to 19 who have reached statutory school leaving age and are undertaking full-time study below HNC level (some part-time courses may also be eligible for an EMA, e.g. those that lead to a recognised qualification). An EMA is assessed on household income as confirmed by the Tax Credit Award Notice. Depending on your circumstances you could receive an allowance of £30 per week.
|Household Taxable Income - For 2016/17 Year||Weekly Allowance|
|£24,421 or less and no other children in the household in full-time education||£30|
|£26,884 or less and at least one other child in the household in full-time education||£30|
Further Education Bursary
Please note that the Bursary fund is limited, and an application to the fund does not guarantee that you will receive a bursary.
If you turn 20 during the course you will usually be assessed for a Further Education Bursary rather than an EMA.
An applicant living in the parental home who is under 25 on the start date of the course may receive an allowance of up to £75.91 a week (up to £95.94 if living away from the parental home, depending on the circumstances). The actual award paid depends on the level of parental/guardian income.
Students who are 25 or over on the start date of the course may be eligible for a weekly allowance of up to £95.94 depending on financial circumstances such as the level of partner income.
The bursary fund also assists with travel expenses and course expenses (text books, equipment etc. essential for the course). Students under 18 on the start date of the course can apply for these without submitting details of parental income. There is also assistance available with the cost of college approved halls of residence next to the Granton campus or on the Milton Road campus.
Please note that early school leavers (born between the 1 October 2000 and the 28 February 2017) are only eligible for financial assistance from January 2017 onwards.
Part-Time, Evening and Open Learning Courses
Students receiving benefits or those on a low income may be exempt from fees for part-time courses. Some courses are not available for fee waiver. Contact us for further information.
For all funding you should apply as soon as you have accepted a place on a course. We can advise you on what to apply for, how to complete the application and what supporting documentation you may need.
Contact us on 0131 669 4400
for more information.