Guide to Course Fees

An Introduction to paying your course fees

Is there a cost? Do you have to Pay?

There are many ways in which you can fund your course fees.

If you are studying at a Full Time Non Advanced level and you meet the residency criteria, the tuition fees are waived.

You can apply to SAAS to fund all Full Time Advanced courses, and SAAS can also offer support for students who are studying on a part time basis via their Part Time Funding Grant.

Skills Development Scotland can also provide support via an Individual Learning Account (ILA).


ILA is getting a refresh over the summer. This means that the existing scheme will be closed to new applications for a few months.

The revised scheme will come into effect in October and will be called an Individual Training Account (ITA). If you’re eligible then you’ll still be entitled to funding of up to £200 per year towards a course. The differences are that you’ll only be able to do one course in any learner year, and that courses will be geared towards helping you with getting a job or progressing in your career.


We're not currently issuing any new ILA applications. If you want to book a course under the existing ILA scheme:

  • 31 August 2017: Last day bookings can be made under the existing ILA scheme. Bookings can only be made for courses with a start date no later than 30 September 2017

For more information please visit My World of Work or read their FAQ's 

Once you have received your letter of award you can use your ILA towards the cost of your course. Either drop into the Finance Department or download the ILA Booking Form, complete and e-mail to along with your letter of award which can be photographed or scanned.


Funding courses if receiving benefits

It can often be possible to study whilst in receipt of certain benefits. If you intend to study full-time at college, please contact student funding for further advice regarding the relationship between your benefit entitlement and other types of student support.

Detailed below are common examples of how it can be possible to study whilst on benefit.

• Part-time Fee Waivers

• Government Funded Programmes 

If you make an application to any of the above funds, your personal and financial circumstances will be taken into account to determine eligibility. Only students who are studying at a non-advanced level (up to SCQF Level 6) can apply to the above funds.


Part-time Fee Waivers

If you receive certain state benefits such as Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance, Incapacity Benefit or DLA or if you receive Working Tax Credit you may not have to pay the tuition fee for part-time day or evening class courses.

If you are unemployed it may be possible to study part-time without it affecting your benefit as long as the course you undertake is less than 16 hours per week (some students under 19 years of age are restricted to the maximum of 12 hours per week).

Generally under Income Support and Job Seekers Allowance Regulations, study is restricted to 16 guided learning hours per week (ie. times when a staff member is present to give specific guidance towards the qualification). The unemployed person must remain available for work, be actively seeking work and willing to abandon the programme of study should an employment opportunity arise.

If you are interested in studying part-time whilst in receipt of benefit it is advisable to discuss your plans with a college Student Adviser or the DWP before committing to any programme of study.

For further information and guidelines regarding entitlement to a Fee Waiver you can contact our Student Finance Team. Contact number: 01563 523501 ext 4062 Email:


Professional and Career Development Loans

Professional and Career Development Loans are commercial bank loans that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. You can borrow between £300 and £10,000 to help support the cost of up to two years of learning (or three years if it includes one year's relevant unpaid practical work).

The Government will pay the interest on the loan while you are learning and for one month afterwards. You will then need to start repaying the loan as you would any other commercial loan product. You can use the loan to pay course fees or other costs such as travel and living expenses. You can also use the loan to supplement other forms of support such as grants or bursaries.

As the Professional and Career Development Loan is a commercial loan product, you should make sure you have investigated all the funding options that may be open to you to ensure you take an informed decision about whether the loan is right for you.

For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please click here or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.

Our learning provider identification number is: Ayrshire College Centre No. 1129.


Pay by Instalments 

If you are not in a position to make full payment at the time of your enrolment, the College offers the following Instalment Plan. The instalments will be paid monthly by standing order mandate.

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Example of Full Time HNC/D Tuition Fees by Instalments

Full Fee -       £1285

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Part-time Fee Grant (PTFG's) 

PTFG’s are available if you are studying at SCQF Level 7 or above such as higher education courses (HNC or HND), professional development awards (PDA) and continuing professional development (CPD) courses. 

You can apply for PTFG if you are taking a course that starts between 1 August 2015 and 31 July 2016; and studying a part-time higher  education course at levels 7-10 of the Scottish Credit Qualifications  Framework (SCQF), this includes  PGDEs, SVQ3, SVQ4 or other courses of professional development; and completing between 30-119 SCQF credits (120 with a non-campus based university) each academic year; and not receiving support from any other government scheme such as ILA Scotland, Modern Apprenticeship Scheme,  Employability Fund or funding from us (SAAS) for full-time studies; and not receiving support from your college through their fee-waiver scheme.

You must apply to us as early as possible to make sure that we pay your PTFG to your course provider. Your application must be with SAAS no later than three months after your course starts. If we receive your application later than three months after your course starts, we will reject your application.

Contact information:

0300 300 3137


Useful InfO

Click here for Fee Waiver guidance for students