Part-time Fee Grant

The Part-time Fee Grant (PTFG) from SAAS can help with the cost of your tuition fees.

You must apply for PTFG each year.

You must apply to SAAS within 6 months of the start of your course.

Eligibility for Part-time Fee Grant (PTFG)

To qualify for support, you will need to meet the SAAS eligibility criteria on:

Income: You must have an individual income of £25,000 a year or less, including bonuses and overtime.

Courses and qualifications:

1)      You must be studying an eligible course of Higher Education or Continuing Professional Development at levels 7-10 of the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF);

2)      You must be doing between 30-119 SCQF credits in each year of your course. There are some courses where you can still apply for PTFG even if your total credits for the year is 120. You’ll find details of these courses in the FAQ’s.

3)      Your course must be at least 4 months long in each academic year.

4)      Only ACCA Fundamental level papers are eligible for PTFG funding. ACCA Professional level papers are not eligible for this funding.

Other funding:

1)      If you are eligible to apply for the PTFG, SAAS will take into account any help you are getting from an employer, towards the cost of fees, before deciding how much they can pay.

2)      SAAS cannot give you any PTFG funding if you are already receiving support from another government training scheme, including Individual Learning Account (ILA), the Employability Fund and the Modern Apprenticeship Scheme.

3)      If you are on a course that’s eligible for full-time support from SAAS then you will not be eligible to apply for the PTFG. This also includes those who are registered on a full-time course but attend on a part-time basis.

Course providers: GCU is approved and validated by SAAS.

Residence: You must meet the normal SAAS residence conditions an must also be resident in Scotland to be eligible for the PTFG.

 

Applying for Part-time Fee Grant (PTFG)

To apply for PTFG download the PTFG application form from the SAAS website.

Make sure that your application for PTFG is for all the modules you think you may take over the full academic year.

Section E of the PTFG application must be completed by the university. Bring all 6 pages of the application form to the Campus Life Desk on Level 1 of the George Moore Building, post it to the Student Records Office or send a scanned copy of all 6 pages of the PTFG application to ptfg@gcu.ac.uk

If your PTFG application is sent electronically as a scanned attachment to the Student Records Office, it will be returned to you by post. SAAS need to have an original signature from the university on the application, rather than a scanned copy of a signature. In the same way, if you are sending your application electronically as a scanned attachment, you should not complete Section F until your application has been completed by the university and returned to you. SAAS need to receive an original of your signature rather than a scanned copy of it.

Before we can complete the PTFG application you will need to have completed your online registration with the University for session 2017-2018 and have had your record updated by your programme administrator to show all the modules that you will be doing over the full academic year.

FAQ's

How to get Section E of your PTFG application completed.

To apply for PTFG download the PTFG application form from the SAAS website.

Make sure that your application for PTFG is for all the modules you think you may take over the full academic year.

Section E of the PTFG application must be completed by the university. Bring all 6 pages of the application form to the Campus Life Desk on Level 1 of the George Moore Building, post it to the Student Records Office or send a scanned copy of all 6 pages of the PTFG application to ptfg@gcu.ac.uk

If your PTFG application is sent electronically as a scanned attachment to the Student Records Office, it will be returned to you by post. SAAS need to have an original signature from the university on the application, rather than a scanned copy of a signature. In the same way, if you are sending your application electronically as a scanned attachment, you should not complete Section F until your application has been completed by the university and returned to you. SAAS need to receive an original of your signature rather than a scanned copy of it.

Before we can complete the PTFG application you will need to have completed your online registration with the University for session 2017-2018 and have had your record updated by your programme administrator to show all the modules that you will be doing over the full academic year.

 

I am a student doing ACCA papers, can I apply for PTFG?

If you take 2-5 ACCA papers in session 2017/2018 and earn under £25,000, you could be eligible to get some help with your fees for papers at SCQF level 7-10, through a Part-time Fee Grant from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland. For more information and to apply, please go to the SAAS website: http://www.saas.gov.uk/part_time/ug/index.htm

Are all ACCA papers eligible for PTFG?

Only ACCA Fundamental level papers are eligible for this funding. ACCA Professional level papers are not eligible for this funding.

How many ACCA papers can I take in session 2017-2018 and still be able to apply for PTFG?

As each ACCA paper is 20 credits, you must take a minimum of 2 Fundamental papers to meet minimum of 30 credits. The maximum number of papers that you can take in one academic session is 5, regardless of whether the papers are Fundamental or Professional.

You can only apply for the funding once in each academic session, therefore you should ensure that your application is for all the modules you think you may take over the full academic year, from 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018. If you are starting in Trimester A, you need to include details of the papers that you will take in both Trimester A and Trimester B. Students starting in Trimester B can apply for the SAAS part-time fee grant in Trimester B.

How do I complete the fees section of registration if I am applying for a Part-time Fee Grant(PTFG)?

You should complete the fees section of the registration as follows:

  • Select that you have a sponsor who will pay your fees, from the drop-down list then select “add a payer”.
  • Next, select again that you have a sponsor who will pay your fees, from the drop-down list.
  • You will need to know the total number of credits for the modules that you will be doing during the academic year. You can get details about credits from your programme administrator.Then using the PTFG Calculator on this web-page: http://www.saas.gov.uk/part_time/ug/funding_available.htm enter the total number of credits you will be doing to work out the amount of your fees that SAAS will pay.
  • Add this as the amount that your sponsor will pay.
  • Ignore the details about the purchase reference number
  • In the box for your sponsor’s name type “PT” and details about the Part-time Fee Grant should then appear on the screen Select OK.
  • Select Next & save.
Can I work out how much how much I will get from SAAS for PTFG?

Use the PTFG Calculator: http://www.saas.gov.uk/part_time/ug/funding_available.htm you can work out how much you should get if your application is successful.

You will need to know the total number of credits for the modules that you will be doing during the academic year. You can get details about credits from your programme administrator. 

You need to choose the type of your course from the drop-down list.

Choose the “degree” option if you are studying for a degree at GCU.

Choose the “HN and other non-degree” option if you are studying for a qualification below degree, an ACCA course or a CPD course, e.g. HNC, HND, COSCA, CISCO.

Enter the total number of credits you will be doing to work out the amount of your fees that SAAS will pay.

How should I complete the details about my course, in Question C2 of the PTFG application?

You should enter the full name of your course and the SCQF level which you can find via the SCQF web-site: http://www.scqf.org.uk/framework-diagram/Framework.htm

If you are an ACCA student, you should enter the names of the modules, include that the modules are ACCA and that they are at SCQF level 9.

My course is part-time but I will complete 120 credits. Can I still apply for PTFG?

There are some courses where you can still apply for PTFG even if your total credits for the year is 120. These courses are:

 

BSc/BSc (Hons) Property Management and Valuation P/T – year 5

BSc/BSc (Hons) Building Services Engineering P/T – year 4

BSc/BSc (Hons) Construction Management P/T – year 5

BSc/BSc (Hons) Building Surveying P/T – year 5

BSc/BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying P/T – year 5

BEng/BEng (Hons) Mechanical Electronic Systems Engineering P/T – year 6

BEng/BEng (Hons) Electrical Power Engineering P/T – year 6

BEng/BEng (Hons) Mechanical and Power Plant Systems P/T – year 6

BSc/BSc (Hons) Fire Risk Engineering P/T – year 5

BA Occupational Health and Safety P/T – years 1,2 & 3

BSc Health and Safety Management P/T - years 1,2 & 3

BSC/BSC (HONS) CLINICAL PHYSIOLOGY P/T - years 1,2,3 & 4

BSc/BSc (Hons) Computing (PT - Accelerated) - years 1,2,3 & 4

BSc/BSc (Hons) Software Development for Business (PT - Accelerated) - years 1,2,3 & 4

BSc/BSc (Hons) Information Technology Management for Business(PT - Accelerated) - years 1,2,3 & 4