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Funding for colleges

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Our core funding for colleges contributes to the cost of providing learning and teaching and funds academic, administrative, technical and support staff. It also funds facilities, accommodation, equipment and materials. We also provide student support funds to colleges.

We currently provide funding support to 24 colleges (within 13 college regions) in Scotland.

College funding announcements and Outcome Agreements

College funding announcements are issued throughout each year and Outcome Agreements set out what colleges plan to deliver in return for SFC funding.

Student Support

We provide student support funding to colleges for bursaries, childcare, Education Maintenance Allowance and discretionary funds for students up to, but not including, Higher National Certificate level.

Widening Access

SFC funding for Widening Access supports education that is accessible to learners from all backgrounds and all of our actions contribute to delivering the targets and recommendations outlined in A Blueprint for Fairness.

Skills and Lifelong Learning

Foundation Apprenticeships (FAs) give students a work-based learning opportunity providing an inside view of Scotland’s industries. Students have the opportunity to combine a recognised qualification with valuable experience in industries where there’s a rising demand for a skilled workforce. The course enables students to spend time at work placements with industry employers, exposing them early on to the world of work and learning vital transferable skills.


Capital funding for colleges covers land, buildings and equipment and supports our work to secure effective and sustainable spaces for learning, research and innovation.

Colleges that we fund

Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire



Dumfries & Galloway

Dundee and Angus



Fife College

Forth Valley

Specialist colleges

West Scotland

West Lothian

SFC Strategic Plan 2022-27

Building a connected, agile, sustainable tertiary education and research system for Scotland.

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