Part-time Funding

Part-time Funding

Please note that funding rules are subject to change by funding bodies and you are strongly advised to check the most up to date information on the relevant funding websites.

SDS Individual Learning Account (Part-time FE/HE study)

If you are 16 or over and living in Scotland, you may be eligible for and ILA Scotland account to help pay your part-time course fees. The money is not a loan so you don’t have to pay any of it back.

Learners must have their SDS Individual Learning Account set up and approved before enrolling on a course of study in order to use their ILA to pay part of the course fees.

Scottish residents who meet the following eligibility criteria will be eligible to open an ILA account:

over 16 years of age
ordinarily resident in Scotland
have an annual income of £22,000 or less or are in receipt of a qualifying benefit
not currently participating on any National Training programme (Employability Fund, Modern Apprenticeship, Get Ready for Work, Training for Work)
not currently participating on the Community Jobs Scotland programme
not currently undertaking any form of full-time or part-time secondary, further or higher education
not already qualified to UK degree level or above (or overseas equivalent)

Further information is available from:
T: 0800 917 8000

Using your SDS Individual Learning Account at SLC

You will go through this process each time you use funds from your SDS ILA to pay for a course at South Lanarkshire College.

1 When you enrol, you must enter your SDS ILA number on the College enrolment form. You will be directed to the Finance Department to complete an SDS ILA booking form.

2 SDS will then send you:

a letter confirming the course details
a statement showing how much of your account will be used to pay for the course
an SDS ILA booking token, which has an expiry date, attached to the bottom of the letter.

3 Sign the booking token and pass the token to the college immediately. If you have enrolled for distance learning, send the token to the college once you receive your learning materials.

4 Pay the college any balance that you owe if your SDS ILA funding does not cover the full cost of your course.


Please remember, it is YOUR responsibility to:

have registered with SDS before you enrol
complete the college’s SDS ILA booking form in College
ensure that you receive a booking token from SDS
sign the SDS ILA token immediately you receive it
give the SDS ILA token to the college Finance Department before it expires

If you do not do this, your place on the course will be withdrawn unless you immediately pay the full cost of the course.

SAAS Part-time Fee Grant (Part-time HE study)

If you are over 16 and living in Scotland with an annual income of less than £25,000, you may be eligible to apply for support towards the fees for part-time college and university courses.

The level of fees payable will be pro-rata, based on the number of credits studied. SAAS will scale this based on the maximum fee levels for full-time students (120 credits). If this amount is more than the maximum fee SAAS will only pay the lesser amount.

Support is only available for one course per academic year and you must apply no later than 3 months after the course start date. Your application needs to be endorsed by the College.

To be eligible to claim the PTFG, you must be:

over 16 years of age
ordinarily resident in Scotland
registered as a “part-time” student
studying between 30 – 119 credits per year*
undertaking a Higher Education course at SCQF levels 7 – 10. This includes Higher National Certificate (HNC), Higher National Diploma (HND) or undergraduate degree courses and some Professional Development Awards.

* If you are studying fewer than 30 SCQF credits per year above SCQF level 7, you may be eligible for support through the SDS ILA account (see above). You cannot apply for both.
Contact the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for more information and to apply.

Part-time Tuition Fee Waiver Policy 2014/15

Full details of College Fee Waiver Policy 2014-15 can be found here: Fee Waiver Policy 2014-15