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;

1. Student Funds - How you will pay for your living costs such as childcare, 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. see Student Funds section below

 

2. Finance - How you will pay for your course fees see Finance section below.

Student Funds

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 have available in our offices. Should you have any queries regarding student funding please email bursaries@west-lothian.ac.uk or call 01506 427622 / 07783 717800

Please note when applying for funding you cannot use a phone, you must use a laptop or PC.

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.

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 427622 / 07783 717800 or by emailing bursaries@west-lothian.ac.uk.

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

Care Experienced Bursary

EMA Funding

Discretionary Funding

For further information on the above please visit our Funding Advice page or contact our Student Funds team by calling 07783717800/ 07515455876 or emailing bursaries@west-lothian.ac.uk.

Finance

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 have available in our offices. Should you have any queries regarding finance please email finance@west-lothian.ac.uk and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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 choosecollege@west-lothian.ac.uk

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.  

Payment of fees

West Lothian College accept payment via your mycollege account.

If you have any further questions or queries regarding your mycollege account please contact Student Advice by email on choosecollege@west-lothian.ac.uk.

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 due 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 or a payment plan then please select pay later when you go to enrol.

Here are some helpful links if you're considering using a payment plan:

Payment Plan Guide

Payment Plan Application (fillable PDF)

Payment Plan Terms and Conditions

 

Your place is not confirmed until a payment for your chosen course is made. 

Overseas Students

If you are from the EU and do not have settled or pre-settled status following Brexit on 31 January 2021, please read carefully, as the rules on funding for Scottish college course fees have now changed. Although fees funding is still available for courses started by EU citizens up to July 2021, from August 2021 onwards, EU citizens without settled or pre-settled status can no longer receive funding for course fees via the Scottish Funding Council. In addition, if you are an EU national and first arrived in the UK after 1 January 2021, you also require a visa to study here. At this moment in time, West Lothian College is not a licensed student sponsor.

This is the latest guidance on the matter:

Update on the UK’s relationship with the EU (sfc.ac.uk)

Student visa - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) 

Refund of fees

Refunds will only be granted in the following circumstances:

Circumstance:

Amount:

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

£100 Non Refundable Admin Fee will be retained by the college to cover administration costs.

Student attends two or more classes

 

No refund and full course fees still apply.

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.