Scholarships and Student Funding

The University of Edinburgh Scholarship

For students domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Students on central campus

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 financial support 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 Scholarship provides financial support for those with a family income of less than £42,600. Awards of between £520 and £7,250 are being offered to England, Wales and Northern Ireland domiciled undergraduate students who are liable to pay the £9,250 tuition fee (commencing 2017-18). Students studying abroad in the 2017-2018 academic session will also be entitled to receive a scholarship.

Applying

There is no application form for the University of Edinburgh Scholarship. The University will use the residual household income figure calculated by the Student Loans Company (SLC) when assessing your scholarship 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 Scholarship.

You are guaranteed to receive up to the following level of award 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 award to either contribute towards your tuition fee costs or towards your general living costs while at Edinburgh.

*Prior to the 2017-2018 academic session this award was known as the University of Edinburgh Bursary.

For students starting in 2017
Residual household income University of Edinburgh Scholarship 
up to £16,000 £7,250
£16,001 - £20,000 £5,900
£20,001 - £25,000 £4,150
£25,001 - £30,000 £2,100
£30,001 - £35,000 £1,550
£35,001 - £42,600 £520

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I am eligible to receive an University of Edinburgh Scholarship?

The award 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 £9,250 tuition fee in 2017-2018. If your residual household income is £42,600 or less you will qualify for a scholarship. Both independent and dependent students are eligible as long as they meet the other eligibility criteria.

How do I apply for a scholarship?

In order to be automatically assessed for an University of Edinburgh Scholarship 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 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.

How do I know if I have given consent to share my household income details?

In your application for maintenance loans, and tuition fee loan you will have been asked whether you give consent to share your income details. Without this consent the University will be unable to assess whether you are eligible to receive an award. 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 scholarship?

Scholarship award letters, confirming the level of your University of Edinburgh Scholarship, 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 scholarship be paid?

In session 2016-2017, recipients will receive their award in three instalments:

50% on Wednesday 2nd November 2016

25% on Wednesday 15th February 2017

25% on Wednesday 17th May 2017

How will my scholarship be paid?

Your award will be paid directly into your bank account by BACS (Bankers' Automated Clearing Services). As the University of Edinburgh Scholarship is serviced by the Student Loans Company (SLC), they will use the bank account details which you supplied to your regional funding body for maintenance 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

I started programme prior to 2017/18, am I still eligible for a scholarship?

If you started programme prior to 2017/18 and are liable for the £9000 fee rate, you are eligible for a University of Edinburgh Scholarship, depending on household income. 

Residual household income  University of Edinburgh Scholarship (England / Northern Ireland) University of Edinburgh Scholarship (Wales)
up to £16,000 £7000 £3900
£16,001 - £20,000 £5700 £3900
£20,001 - £25,000 £4000 £3900
£25,001 - £30,000 £2000 £2000
£30,001 - £35,000 £1500 £1500
£35,001 - £42,600 £500 £500

*Prior to the 2017-2018 academic session this award was known as the University of Edinburgh Bursary.

If my circumstances change during the session, how will this affect my award?

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 an award 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 award, 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 scholarship 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 scholarship payments.

I am a part-time student, am I eligible to receive an University of Edinburgh Scholarship?

No. The scholarship 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 scholarship?

No. Second first degree students are not eligible for an University of Edinburgh Scholarship.

I am going to be studying on the one year Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) programme. Am I eligible for a scholarship?

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 Scholarship as the PGDE is a professional diploma qualification. The University of Edinburgh scholarship is only available to eligible undergraduate programmes.

If I have to repeat a year of study, will I be eligible to receive the scholarship?

If you are repeating a full year of study you will be eligible for a scholarship 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 scholarship?

Students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland studying on a year abroad from the start of the 2016-2017 academic session will be entitled to receive a scholarship. The  levels will remain the same as those studying on-campus.  In order to be considered you must apply to be financially assessed by your regional funding body - Student Finance England, Student Finance Wales, or Student Finance Northern Ireland.

I am a continuing enrolled student - am I eligible for a scholarship?

If you started your degree prior to the 2012-2013 academic session then you will not be eligible to receive a scholarship as your tuition fees will be lower than students who started from the 2012-2013 session onwards.

Further Information

Scholarships and Financial Support Team