Edinburgh offers the most generous bursary package within the UK for those on the lowest household incomes.
Awards, which are based on income, background and personal circumstances, help to make study an affordable reality for many.
In the current academic year, more than 1,000 undergraduates from low income families have received a share of £2.5 million in bursary payments.
This represents an increase of £1.7 million on the previous year and includes the introduction of the Edinburgh Rest of UK (RUK) Bursary, designed specifically for students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
In addition, the University has launched the Scotland Accommodation Bursary for 2013/14 which will assist Scotland-domiciled students with living costs during their undergraduate study.
This new bursary scheme reflects the University's commitment to widening access to Scotland-domiciled students.
The four-year degree system in Scotland continues to offer greater flexibility in the way students can study and much greater breadth in what they study.
The University has an excellent track record in terms of employment prospects for graduates.
The latest HESA Employment key performance indicator demonstrates that 93.6% of 2010/11 leavers were either in employment or further study.
We have a long tradition of supporting students of all ages and social backgrounds and we remain committed to ensuring this continues. Students with academic ability and potential should be able to gain admission and succeed at University whatever their circumstances.
Professor Mary Bownes
Senior Vice Principal External Engagement
The Scotland Accommodation Bursary provides the most generous bursary support of any UK university to Scotland-domiciled students.
Bursaries of between £500 and £2,000 are being offered to Scotland-domiciled undergraduate students who are living away from home and who are eligible to receive a guaranteed offer of University accommodation.
The Edinburgh RUK Bursary has been available since 2012.
It was introduced as a result of the new fee level for undergraduate students who usually live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland and who wish to study at the University of Edinburgh.
The fee level has been set at £9,000 per student per annum.
As a result of the new package of bursaries, all RUK-domiciled students from the most economically disadvantaged backgrounds are eligible for a bursary of up to £7,000 a year.
If they are studying for a four-year degree, that means they could receive a total of up to £28,000.
They are also eligible to apply for access awards of up to £5,000.
RUK students do not have to pay anything up front.
Costs are covered by a government loan and repayments only begin after students graduate and are earning more than £21,000 per year.
See a video interview with Professor Nigel Brown, Senior Vice Principal, addressing some of the key questions surrounding the issue.
A number of Access Bursaries will be awarded to UK students starting their undergraduate degree in the 2013-2014 academic session.
The minimum value of each is £1,000 per year towards maintenance costs, paid at the start of each academic session.
Access Bursaries are tenable for the duration of the undergraduate programme of study, subject to satisfactory academic progress.
Fifteen Lloyds Scholarships will be offered to students commencing an undergraduate degree at the University of Edinburgh in the 2013-2014 academic session.
Each scholarship, of up to four years, could be worth a total of £19,000 to the most successful scholars.
This article was published on Jan 28, 2013