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 for SAAS or further education funding. A student guide providing further information is available on our website.

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. The “Rest of UK” students should contact The Education and Skills Funding Agency or their local authority for advice on funding available to them.

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

Childcare Support

If you are eligible for funding support, some financial help may be available to assist students who incur childcare costs while attending College. 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 Advice Centre on T: 01896 662516.

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.

Such students are issued with an appropriate travel pass (bus or train), although, in exceptional circumstances, a petrol allowance may be offered.

Students who live outwith the region should contact the Student Advice Centre to discuss their requirements.

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 T: 01896 662505/662504 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 him/herself 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: telephone 01896 662505 / 662504 email or Student Welfare Advisor: telephone 01896 662516. email