Borders College

Financing Your Studies

Funding Support

Before starting your College course, you must make sure you have suitable funding support to finance your studies.

All funds are extremely limited and applications will be dealt with on a first come, first served basis.

Applications for funding support must be submitted by the designated deadline. However the application for funding support does not in itself guarantee payment of the award, as funds are restricted.

Students should not make important decisions affecting their studies or employment until written confirmation as to eligibility for an award has been received.

Full-time Courses

Once a student has accepted an offer of a full-time place at College, an email is issued giving details of how to apply to the Students Award Agency Scotland (SAAS), for funding to cover tuition fees &/or apply for a student loan) or how to apply for further education funding. A student guide providing further information is available on our website. SAAS website: www.saas.gov.uk

Students attending a full-time course, which leads to a qualification up to, but not including, Higher National Certificate, may be eligible for a Bursary or Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA).

These funds have two main elements – a maintenance allowance, which may include contributions towards necessary books and equipment, and a travel ticket, if appropriate. Bursaries and EMAs are means-tested and take account of parental, spouse or student income.

Students applying from outwith Scotland will need to have sufficient funding in place to cover their tuition fees and other course costs e.g. equipment and books, and be able to support their transport, accommodation and living costs for the duration of the course. If you are from England, Northern Ireland or Wales, you will need to contact your Local Education Authority for funding advice and/or assistance.

Part-time Courses

Students attending a part-time course, which leads to a qualification up to, but not including, Higher National Certificate, may be eligible for a part-time Bursary, consisting of the payment of course costs and a travel ticket.

For students attending a part-time HNC/D course, a part-time fee grant may be available, providing student income is under £25,000 per annum. The level of fee grant will depend upon the number of credits and the qualification being studied. Application for part-time support should be made via the Students Award Agency Scotland (SAAS) website at www.saas.gov.uk

What About Childcare

If you are eligible for funding support, some financial help may be available to assist you with childcare costs. This will give you the option to place your children into a nursery or with a registered childminder, to allow you to study at home. Your award will be based on your timetabled hours but we realise that you may not always be able to stick to these set times. This will allow you more flexibility to study around the everyday challenges that you will be facing during these difficult times. If you are studying a further education course you can request help with childcare costs when completing your online funding application. If you are studying a higher education course, please contact the Student Funding Team at studentfunding@borderscollege.ac.uk.

Travel Information

A contribution towards transport is normally available to students who live more than 3 miles from their College base and who qualify for funding support.

We are currently reviewing our transport arrangements in light of the current Coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions.

Students on SAAS support receive a contribution towards travelling expenses within their award and are required to budget for their daily travel to and from College from the monthly allowance paid.

Travelling to Borders College

The College aims to encourage both students and staff to utilise sustainable and integrated modes of transport for commuting to and from College. Our objectives are to minimise environmental impact, improve safety, and ensure our facilities and services are accessible to all sections of society. 

Funding Guide

The information on our Funding Guide page details the type of funding and support available, depending on the level and intended mode of attendance. Please contact the Student Funding Team (email: studentfunding@borderscollege.ac.uk) if you have any questions or require any further information.

  • All based on information received from the Scottish Funding Council and Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) at the time of going to print.
  • Any student who finds themselves in financial difficulty as a result of studying a vocational course may apply for assistance from the Student Support Funds.

Student Funding Additional Notes

The following documents can be downloaded by clicking on the links below. All require Adobe Reader.

For Further Information

For further information please contact the Student Funding Department:
email studentfunding@borderscollege.ac.uk or Student Wellbeing Advisors:
email studentadvice@borderscollege.ac.uk