Borders College

Attendance Requirements

Bursary, EMA & Student Funding Attendance Requirements

The attendance of all students is assessed from the start date of the course. Those in receipt of support funding must adhere to set criteria in order to maintain their payments.

Payment Periods
Details of qualifying weeks and associated payment dates for both Bursary and EMA are available to check and download on the College website under the ‘Student’ area.
Students must meet 100% attendance every week in each payment period in order that they continue to be paid at the full rate of their award. Failure to meet the 100% weekly requirement will result in no payment for that week.

Students are expected to arrange personal appointments e.g. to attend Doctors, Dentists etc outwith scheduled timetabled classes. However, students have an overall allowance of 16 days for absences (split into two periods) that can be used for a range of reasons, including short-term illness, and which prevents them from attending a timetabled class during their academic session. These days can only be used for unavoidable absences and cannot be used for additional holidays taken during term-time.

Please note that, even if you only miss one class in a day, you will use one of your allowable absences for that day. Once you have used all your allowable absences you will lose your payment for any week where you do not attend 100% of all timetabled classes.

  • Number of Allowed Absences  – 8 days
    Attendance Period  – 28th August 2017 – 21st December 2017

  • Number of Allowed Absences  – 8 days
    Attendance Period  – 8th January 2018 – 18th June 2018

Students are not required to complete or submit any documentation to evidence one of the 8 absences within the periods shown above.

Where a student has an extended absence for a medical reason this must be covered by a ‘Fit for Work’ note (sick line) from a GP.

Absences which exceed the 8 days in the above periods will be deemed unauthorised and the student award payment will not be made for the week(s) where 100% attendance has not been maintained.

If you feel you have special circumstances which may explain an extended absence you should appeal, in writing, to the Student Funding Manager within 30 days, explaining your circumstances and seeking a reversal of the reduction in your funding. What you say will be treated in confidence. Our appeals procedure and Terms and Conditions of your Funding Award can be found on our website at: