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.
You are encouraged to apply for funding on a laptop or PC where possible.
Due to the impact of Corona Virus and the current social distancing measures in place we are currently limited to the amount of staff we can have available in our offices and as a result we are unable to answer phone calls at present. Should you have any queries regarding finance issues please email email@example.com and we will respond as soon as possible.
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 www.saas.gov.uk. You are encouraged to apply for funding on a laptop or PC where possible.
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 07783717800 or 07515455876, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
For further information on the above please visit our Funding Advice page or contact our Student Funds team by calling 07783717800/ 07515455876 or emailing email@example.com
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 www.saas.gov.uk or contact our Student Advice team by calling 07783717800 or 07515455876, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Part-time further education study
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.
For up to date information on ITA including details on when funds are available and the rules and regulations surrounding them please visit www.myworldofwork.co.uk
If your course does not require an interview and is open for online enrolment please select ITA from the drop down menu when making a payment.
Please note, you should apply directly for your ITA on My World of Work before you enrol if you are planning on paying by this method.
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 email@example.com
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.
If your course does not require an interview and is open for enrolments you will be asked to pay by credit or debit card during the enrolment process so please have your card ready for payment. If you intend to use an alternative payment method such as cash, cheque or a payment plan then please select pay later when you go to enrol.
Your place is not confirmed until a payment for your chosen course is made.
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
Student attends one class, or student withdrawal less than 2 weeks before programme commences
Student attends two or more classes
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.