The University of Edinburgh is pleased to announce a new accommodation bursary 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 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.
Bursaries will be awarded to eligible students who begin their undergraduate degree in the 2013-2014 academic session and who are in receipt of a Young Students' Bursary (YSB) or an Independent Students' Bursary (ISB) from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).
There is no application form for the Scotland Accommodation Bursary. The University will use the level of government bursary provided through the Young Students' Bursary or an Independent Students' Bursary when assessing your bursary entitlement.
Please note that in order to be automatically assessed for a Scotland Accommodation Bursary you must apply to be financially assessed by SAAS and be awarded a YSB or an ISB.
You are guaranteed to receive an accommodation bursary for every year of your degree programme that you receive a YSB or an ISB.
|Government Bursary||Level of Government Bursary||Scotland Accommodation Bursary|
|Young Students' Bursary||£1,750||£2,000|
|Independent Students' Bursary||£750||£2,000|
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How do I know if I am eligible to receive a Scotland Accommodation Bursary?
The bursary is available to full-time undergraduate students who usually live in Scotland. You should be living away from home while at university and satisfy the eligibility criteria to receive a guaranteed offer of University accommodation. You should also be starting your undergraduate degree in the 2013-2014 session and be in receipt of a YSB or ISB.
How do I apply for a bursary?
In order to be automatically assessed for a Scotland Accommodation Bursary you must apply to be financially assessed by the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). When you make your application for student finance you must opt for means assessment. Once you receive your award notice from SAAS you should send a copy of this to the Scholarships and Student Funding Office. You can either send this by post or scan a copy and email to email@example.com
When will I receive written confirmation of my bursary?
Bursary award letters, confirming the level of your Scotland Accommodation Bursary, will be issued as soon as you submit to the University's Scholarships and Student Funding Office a copy of your SAAS award notice informing you of your YSB or ISB award.
When will my bursary be paid?
You will receive your bursary in one instalment in mid October once you have enrolled and your attendance has been confirmed.
How will my bursary be paid?
If you decide to live in University accommodation then your bursary will be paid directly to Accommodation Services. If you chose to live in privately rented accommodation, your bursary will be paid directly into your bank account by BACS (Bankers' Automated Clearing Services). We will request your bank account details when we confirm your bursary award.
I am a part-time student, am I eligible to receive a Scotland Accommodation Bursary?
No. The bursary is only available to students studying full-time and who meet all the other eligibility criteria.
I am going to be undertaking a second undergraduate degree. Am I eligible for a bursary?
No. Second first degree students are not eligible for a Scotland Accommodation Bursary as they will not be eligible for support from SAAS and so will not be means assessed.
If I have to repeat a year of study, will I be eligible to receive the bursary?
If you are repeating a full year of study and SAAS award you a YSB or ISB then you will be eligible for a bursary providing that you meet all the other eligibility criteria.
I am a continuing enrolled student - am I eligible for a bursary?
If you started your degree prior to the 2013-2014 academic session then you will not be eligible to receive a bursary as this new bursary scheme will assist students who start from the 2013-2014 session onwards.
This article was published on Mar 18, 2013