The University of Edinburgh has a long tradition of supporting students of all ages and social backgrounds to enter higher education and we remain committed to ensuring this continues.
Our generous bursary arrangements for undergraduate students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland reflects our aim of recruiting the brightest and best students regardless of their financial situation.
The University of Edinburgh Bursary provides the most generous bursary support of any UK university for those with a family income of less than £16,000. Bursaries of between £500 and £7,000 are being offered to England, Wales and Northern Ireland domiciled undergraduate students who begin their degree programme in the 2014-2015 academic session and are liable for the £9,000 tuition fee.
There is no application form for the University of Edinburgh Bursary. The University will use the residual household income figure calculated by the Student Loans Company (SLC) when assessing your bursary entitlement.
Please note that if you or your parents withhold your consent to share financial information on your Student Loans application, we will not be able to confirm your eligibility for an University of Edinburgh Bursary.
You are guaranteed to receive up to the following level of bursary for each year of your degree programme if you are successful in taking up your offer of admission.
You will be able to use your bursary to either contribute towards your tuition fee costs or towards your general living costs while at Edinburgh.
|Residual household income||University of Edinburgh Bursary (England / Northern Ireland)||University of Edinburgh Bursary (Wales)|
|up to £16,000||£7,000||£3,685|
|£16,001 - £20,000||£5,700||£3,685|
|£20,001 - £25,000||£4,000||£3,685|
|£25,001 - £30,000||£2,000||£2,000|
|£30,001 - £35,000||£1,500||£1,500|
|£35,001 - £42,600||£500||£500|
How do I know if I am eligible to receive an University of Edinburgh Bursary?
The bursary is available to full-time undergraduate students who usually live in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and who are liable to pay an annual tuition fee of £9,000 in 2014-2015. If your residual household income is £42,600 or less you will qualify for a bursary.
How do I apply for a bursary?
In order to be automatically assessed for an University of Edinburgh Bursary you must apply to be financially assessed by your regional funding body - Student Finance England, Student Finance Wales, or Student Finance Northern Ireland. When you make your application for student finance you must opt for means assessment and give consent for information to be shared with us for bursary administration purposes. Any family members whose income is assessed as part of your student finance application will also need to give their consent to share as well.
How do I know if I have given consent to share my household income details?
In your application for maintenance loans, grants and tuition fee loan you will have been asked whether you give consent to share your details. You and your sponsor (eg parents) need to agree to this otherwise the University will be unable to assess whether you are eligible to receive a bursary. If you are not sure whether this consent has been given please contact the relevant funding body (see below). You can normally give consent to share over the telephone.
When will I receive written confirmation of my bursary?
Bursary award letters, confirming the level of your University of Edinburgh Bursary, will be issued from the beginning of June onwards. If you are reassessed during the year e.g. your Student Finance assessment changes, then you will receive a reassessment award letter. Please note that the University reserves the right not to make an award where only a provisional household income assessment has been made.
When will my bursary be paid?
In session 2013-2014, you will receive your bursary in three instalments:
50% on Wednesday 30th October 2013
25% on Wednesday 19th February 2014
25% on Wednesday 21st May 2014
Payment dates for the 2014-2015 session will be available in summer 2014.
How will my bursary be paid?
Your bursary will be paid directly into your bank account by BACS (Bankers' Automated Clearing Services). As the University of Edinburgh Bursary is serviced by the Student Loans Company (SLC), they will use the bank account details which you supplied to your regional funding body for bursary payments.
Who are the funding bodies assessing my application for Student Finance?
You will be assessed on the basis of where you are living at the time of your application. If you have a query regarding your assessment, please contact the relevant funding body:
Student Finance England: 0300 100 0607
Student Finance Wales: 0300 200 4050
Student Finance Northern Ireland: 0300 100 0077
If my circumstances change during the session, how will this affect my bursary?
If an income assessment is reviewed during the session by your funding body and this results in you being eligible for an award (when you had not been eligible previously), you will receive a bursary which will be backdated to the beginning of the academic session in which the review took place.
If as a result of an income review, you are entitled to a higher level of bursary, this adjustment will be made and backdated to the beginning of the academic session in which the review took place. If however as a result of the review, you are no longer entitled to receive the same level of bursary support or you are no longer eligible to receive any award, the University will seek to either recover the overpayment from you or reduce any future bursary payments.
I am a part-time student, am I eligible to receive an University of Edinburgh 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 an University of Edinburgh Bursary as they will not be eligible for support from their government funding body and so will not be means assessed.
I am going to be studying on the one year Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) programme. Am I eligible for a bursary?
While you will be eligible to apply to your relevant government funding body for student finance support, you will not be eligible to apply for the University of Edinburgh Bursary as the PGDE is a postgraduate diploma qualification. The University of Edinburgh bursary is only available to eligible undergraduate programmes.
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 you will be eligible for a bursary providing that you meet all the other eligibility criteria.
My planned degree includes a year studying abroad at another University, how will this affect my bursary?
Students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland studying on a year abroad are not liable for the £9,000 rate of fee and therefore will not receive their bursary for that year.
I am a continuing enrolled student - am I eligible for a bursary?
If you started your degree prior to the 2012-2013 academic session then you will not be eligible to receive a bursary as your tuition fees will be lower than students who started from the 2012-2013 session onwards.
This article was published on Aug 19, 2014