Part-time undergraduate students ordinarily resident in Scotland can apply to SAAS for fee support under the Part-time Fee Grant (PTFG) scheme. The level of grant available will be linked to the number of credits you are studying. SAAS will pay the PTFG straight to the University.
- Residence – you must meet SAAS residency conditions (see pages 4 and 5 of the PTFG Guidance Notes)
- Income – you must have an individual income of £25,000 per annum or less, including bonuses and overtime (see pages 5 and 6 of the PTFG Guidance Notes)
- Course – you must be studying an eligible HE course at SCQF levels 7-10 and you must be taking between 30-119 SCQF credits
- Tuition Fee levels – the level of tuition fee support will be pro-rata on the number of SCQF credits you take. If you increase your credits after the cut-off date of 1 December for autumn start courses, you will not get a top-up of additional fees. You can use the SAAS PTFG calculator to work out how much fee grant SAAS will pay
If you are applying for a course starting on or after 1 August 2021, you can download an application from the SAAS website. Applications must be with SAAS no later than six months after your course start date. You must make a separate application for each year of your course. You must tell us if there is any change in your circumstances that may affect the award SAAS will make.
Certification of your application
Please email your completed application to email@example.com and the Funding & Financial Support Team will notify SAAS of your application. Do not send any supporting documents with your completed application form (eg, wage slips) - SAAS will liaise directly with you for any additional information/supporting documents they require. When emailing your application, remember to include your student registration number or applicant number in your email.
The Funding & Financial Support Team will confirm with SAAS if you are studying part-time on a course that is eligible for funding (Section E, page 5). They must also confirm the course fee and the number of credits you are taking. Please be aware that they will be unable to certify your form until all the relevant information for session 2021/22 is available on the Student Record (Pegasus) and you are 'valid to register'. For some courses, this could take a number of weeks. New students should ensure that all their academic conditions of admission have been met and that they have accepted an unconditional offer. Applicant details can then be rolled forward to create a student record for 2021/2022 (typically from August onwards). You will be notified when your application has been sent to SAAS.
If you are in receipt of any sponsor funding or 3rd party help towards your fees (Section A, page 1), SAAS will take this into account before deciding how much to pay. Any sponsor letter should be sent directly to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. Remember to quote your student registration number or applicant number in your email.
Pre-Entry access course
If you are studying with the Centre for Lifelong Learning, please email applications directly to Lisa Donaldson (email@example.com), Programme Assistant, for certification.
Notification of award
If your application to SAAS is successful, they will send you an email confirmation of your PTFG award usually within 28 days of receiving your application. Once you have confirmation of an award, please send a copy of your award to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
Once your application has been sent to SAAS, your tuition fees should be reduced accordingly so that in most cases you need only pay one-third of the remaining shortfall in order to register. However, if the Funding & Financial Support Team have any uncertainty about the level of support SAAS might grant, then you will need to wait for a copy of the award email from SAAS before the fee is reduced.