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 normal residency conditions
- Income – you must have an individual income of £25,000 per annum or less, including bonuses and overtime. You must give evidence of your income (see pages five and six 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 2020, you can now 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
Due to the ongoing pandemic, SAAS are unable to receive postal applications and cannot post out award letters.
Please email your completed application to us at email@example.com and we will notify SAAS of your application. SAAS will liaise directly with you about any additional information they require. Remember to include your student registration number or applicant number in your email when sending your application.
The Funding & Financial Support Team can then confirm with SAAS that 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 2020/21 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. Their details can then be rolled forward to create a student record for 2020/2021.
If you are in receipt of any sponsor funding towards your fees, SAAS will take this into account before deciding how much to pay. Any sponsor letter should be sent directly to us at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
Pre-Entry access course
If you are studying with the Centre for Lifelong Learning, please return 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 Part-Time Fee Grant award usually within 21 days of receiving your application information from us. Once you have confirmation of an award, you should send a copy of this to us at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
Once we have notified SAAS of your application, 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 letter from SAAS before the fee is reduced.