SMA Funding Support

The Scottish Maritime Academy Funding Support.

Fee Waiver

Applicable to support:

  • Trainee Merchant Navy Deckhand
  • The course fee may be waived if any of the following apply to you and you are not a current student at North East Scotland College
  • If you or your family is in receipt of any of the following benefits:
    • Pension Credit, Working Tax Credit, Housing Benefit, Income Support, Income Based Job Seekers’ Allowance, Income Related Employment and Support Allowance

Further information is available at application stage.

Marine Society

Applicable to support:

  • Selected Merchant Navy short courses

More information can be found on the Marine Society website.

The Theodore Salvesen Memorial Trust

Applicable to support:

  • Selected Merchant Navy courses

Grants are available to individuals where financial hardship/difficulty is experienced. More details can be found at:

MARS Training Shipping Fund

Applicable to support:

  • Selected Merchant Navy and Fishing courses

MARS funding application forms are available from the Academy.


Applicable to support:

  • Selected short sea fishing safety courses
  • Deck Officer Class 2 Fishing
  • Deck Officer Class 1 Fishing

Seafish may also offer funding to fishermen who want to undertake voluntary training to develop their safety skills.

Please check the relevant websites for the most up to date information on funding support.