Student Funding & Fees

When you are thinking about starting college, one of the most important issues to consider is funding and how you intend to pay for some of the costs that come with being a student.

What you need to consider

You will need to consider two things when applying for a course at West Lothian College; how you will pay for your tuition fees (course cost) and how you will pay for your other living costs such as travel, food, and accommodation. The type of help available will depend on the level of course you are studying and whether you are studying full-time or part-time.

Full-time higher education study (HNC/HND)

Full-time students studying at HNC or HND level should apply to the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for payment of tuition fees and to apply for student loan, bursary, grants and other funding available. Applications must be made online. For further information or to make your application please visit

In addition, the college can provide local assistance towards childcare costs and provide discretionary funding to help with housing and other ad-hoc expenses. For more information on eligibility criteria and how to apply please visit our Funding Advice page or contact our Student Funds team by calling 01506 427621 or emailing

Full-time further education study (non-advanced courses)

Full-time FE students will get their fees waived provided they meet certain residency and other criteria. For information regarding eligibility please click here

Where students meet the criteria to have their fees waived they may also be entitled to:

Bursary maintenance

Travel expenses

Study expenses

Childcare costs

Discretionary funding

For further information on the above please visit our Funding Advice page or contact our Student Funds team by calling 01506 427621 or emailing

Part-time higher education study


Students applying for a part-time HE course may be eligible for a Part-Time Funding Grant (PFG). This is a scheme run by SAAS and applies to courses at SCQF Level 7 and above. You will need to be studying 30-119 SCQF credits per year and the amount of funding will depend on the number of credits being studied. Eligibility, residency and other conditions apply.

Courses eligible for PFG funding and the associated SCQF credits are marked in our part-time brochure. For more information and to print an application form please visit or contact our Student Advice team by calling 01506 427555/427558 or emailing 

Part-time further education study


Please be aware, ITA funding is once again available. Please act fast as funds are limited!

Students applying for a part-time FE course may be eligible for an Individual Training Account (ITA). This is a scheme run by Skills Development Scotland (SDS) where you could be eligible for up to a maximum of £200 towards one course per learner year. Eligibility, residency and other conditions apply. 

Applications for ITA funding for 2019 study are now on hold as of 26th April 2019. If additional funding or spaces are made available, this may be reopened. For up to date information on ITA and the rules and regulations surrounding them please visit

What other options do I have for paying my part-time FE course fees?
West Lothian College accept payment in full for all part-time courses by Cash, Card, Bank Transfer or Cheque.

If you have any further questions or queries please contact Student Advice by email on

Payment of fees

If you are not eligible for funding or the funding available is less than the full course fee you will be responsible for payment of any balance. This will normally be due to be paid at the time of your enrolment.

Refund of fees

Refunds will only be granted in the following circumstances at the following rates:



Programme cancelled, or student withdrawal at least 2 weeks before programme commences

Full refund

Student attends one class, or student withdrawal less than 2 weeks before programme commences

Full refund

Student attends two or more classes


No refund

Withdrawal from course

Where a student withdraws from a programme prior to paying the fees due, the full fee will remain due if the student has attended two or more classes. An invoice for the full programme fee will be issued to the student for payment.