Is there a cost? Do you have to Pay?

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

Most students who normally live in Scotland and study in Scotland do not have to pay fees for full-time courses. This includes:

  • People who were born in Scotland and have lived here all their lives
  • People from England, Northern Ireland and Wales
  • EU students with settled/pre settled status
  • People with some types of leave to remain

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

You can find information about full-time and part-time courses below.

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. 

Click here to watch BSL videos on how to apply for SAAS funding and what different types of funding exist 


Full-time Course Fees


To be treated as a Scottish home rate student you must meet all of the following three conditions:

  1. You normally live in Scotland on the first day of the first academic year of the course; and
  2. You've been living in the UK for 3 years before starting your course.
  3. You're a UK national or have 'settled status' (no restrictions on how long you can stay).

If you don't meet all of the three conditions, you may still be eligible for some elements of support if you meet the requirements of one of the other UK residency categories listed: 

  • You're an EU national, or family member of an EU national with settled/pre settled status.
  • You're a refugee.
  • You're under humanitarian protection (as a result of a failed application for Asylum).
  • You're a migrant worker.
  • You're a child of a Swiss national; or
  • You're a child of a Turkish worker.
  • You're a Syrian Refugee (VPRS).
  • You’re a Afghan National Under the LES Scheme.

You must also normally be living in Scotland on the first day of the first academic year of the course.

EU Students

Following Brexit, EU nationals who are ‘settled’ or ‘pre-settled’ in the UK will remain eligible to apply for home tuition fees providing they meet the residency conditions.

If you do not meet the above conditions you will be classed as a non home rate student and the fees will be as follows:

Full Time FE Course:                  £4,320.00

Full Time HNC/D Course:           £4,885.00

HNC/D students

You should apply to Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) for your tuition fees to be paid. If you do not apply for living cost support you should still apply for help with the cost of fees. If you do not apply, you will have to pay this yourself. If you have studied at HNC/D/degree level before SAAS may not pay your fees. Self-financing students should set up a payment plan with our Finance Department as soon as possible to ensure manageable monthly payments. Contact Finance.

How to Apply

You must apply for funding every year that you are studying and apply directly to SAAS. You will need to register your online account through the website to make an application. Students starting courses in August 2021 are able to apply from mid-April 2021 with applications closing on 31 March 2022.

Applications with no errors and all supporting documents submitted by 30 June are guaranteed to be assessed before your course starts, so it’s important to make an early application. Check out the SAAS YouTube channel for videos to help you with your application.

Contact SAAS on 0300 555 0505 or press Ctrl and click on this link to contact them.

Please note that during the COVID-19 lockdown, SAAS are working remotely to continue to process applications and funding payments. They can be contacted through your SAAS online account, their social media channels and on their website.


Get up to £200 towards the cost of a training course with an SDS (Skills Development Scotland) Individual Training Account (ITA).
Use the money to build the skills you need for a job. Or get some training to take your career to the next level.
And because it's not a loan, you don't have to pay it back.


Applying for your ITA

You'll find more information and will be able to apply here:



Click here for Skills Development Scotland Twitter page

Flexible Workforce Development Fund

This fund has been established to provide employers with flexible workforce development training opportunities to support inclusive economic growth through up-skilling or reskilling of employees. The fund is open to organisations that currently pay the Apprenticeship Levy. This funding is in addition to the existing apprenticeship support which all employers are eligible to access in Scotland; and Individual Training Accounts (ITA’s) which provide eligible individuals with the opportunity to undertake learning opportunities to develop their skills for employment. This fund may be particularly beneficial in addressing skills gaps and the training needs of the older workforce.

Key facts

· The FWDF is available to all levy-paying employers in Scotland across the private, public and third sectors

· Each levy-paying employer can access up to a maximum of £15,000 in 2019/2020

· The FWDF can be used as part-contribution towards training of a higher cost

· Levy-paying employers may submit only one application (in Scotland) within the application period. This application is submitted to your nearest College.

· The FWDF will not support provision of qualifications or training required by legislation

We will be processing applications on a first come first served basis, contact us now to register your interest in this fund at FWDF@ayrshire.ac.uk. A member of our Business Growth Team will contact you to discuss your training needs and help you make a formal application. For more information visit the Scottish Government website.

Part-Time Fee Waivers

If you receive certain state benefits you may not have to pay the tuition fee for part-time day or evening class courses, for example:

• Income Support
• Job Seekers Allowance
• Incapacity Benefit
• DLA (Disability Living Allowance)
• Working Tax Credit
• Universal Credit
• P.I.P Personal Independence Payment

For further information and guidelines regarding entitlement to a Part-Time Fee Waivers you can contact our Finance Team.



Part-Time Fee Grant (PTFG)

SAAS Part Time Fee Grant - Student Guidance on Application

You can apply for a PTFG if you are studying a part-time course at SCQF Level 7 or above such as higher education courses (HNC or HND), this also includes SVQ3, SVQ4 or Professional Development Awards (PDA), and completing between 30-119 SCQF credits.

Please be aware the process of applying for a PTFG has changed. See below the new process on how to apply for this and if you have any questions, you can contact us on coursefees@ayrshire.ac.uk

Stage 1

You must fill out the PTFG student application form.  All fields in this must be completed.
Please return the completed form to coursefees@ayrshire.ac.uk
If you require this form in a different format please email coursefees@ayrshire.ac.uk

Stage 2

SAAS will only pay a percentage of the total fee, therefore the remaining balance must be paid before we can submit your application. We can only do this once all information on the above form has been received. Please note that we only submit the information on your behalf, the application process is now your responsibility and once we have submitted to SAAS, any further communications would be with them.

Stage 3 

SAAS will contact you to obtain further information and they will then determine whether you are eligible for the PTFG or not. If you have not had a response from SAAS within 28 days, please contact them direct for an update on your application. Contact details for SAAS can be found below.

Stage 4

You will receive an email from SAAS advising you whether or not your application has been successful or not. If your application is declined you must contact the Finance Department to re-arrange your payment plan. Please note you are liable for the tuition fee until such times as SAAS inform Ayrshire College you are eligible for funding.


Contact information

0300 300 31 37

Employer/Sponsor Paying

If your Employer/Sponsor is paying your fees please submit a letter from your organisation on company headed paper to coursefees@ayrshire.ac.uk.

The letter must state your name, course details and be signed by an appropriate authorised member of staff.

A Purchase Order Number should also be quoted if this is the process your organisation operates.

An invoice will then be sent direct to your employer/sponsor.


All fees are payable in full upon enrolment, however, if you are not in a position to make full payment at the time of your enrolment and your fees are greater than £150, the College offers the following Instalment Plan. The instalments will be paid monthly by standing order mandate.

Between £150 - £500 course fees due = 25% deposit at enrolment and 3 monthly instalments
Between £501 - £750 course fees due = 25% deposit at enrolment and 4 monthly instalments
Between £751 - £1,000 course fees due = 25% deposit at enrolment and 5 monthly instalments
£1,001 or greater course fees due = 25% deposit at enrolment and 6 monthly instalments

Making a Payment

Making a Payment 

Due to the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19 we are now processing payments in the following ways:

To make payment by Debit or Credit card - please telephone our payment line on 01563 537871.

To make payment by Bank transfer - please contact coursefees@ayrshire.ac.uk to obtain our current bank account number and sort code.

For any other course fees or finance related queries please email coursefees@ayrshire.ac.uk


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