Bursaries among best in UK

The University of Edinburgh offers one of the most generous bursary packages 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.

Student in Old College Quad

Increased payouts

In the current academic year, more than 2,100 undergraduates from low-income families received a share of over £6 million in bursary payments.

This represents an increase of £2 million on the previous year and reflects the University's continuing commitment to widening access to students from Scotland and the rest of the UK.

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 Charlie JefferySenior Vice Principal, Public Policy and Impact

Excellent employment prospects

The University has an excellent track record in terms of employment prospects for graduates.

The latest HESA Employment key performance indicator demonstrates that 94.6% of 2012-2013 leavers were either in employment or further study.

Scotland Accommodation Bursaries

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 eligible to receive a guaranteed offer of University accommodation and are in receipt of a Young Student’s Bursary (YSB) or Independent Student’s Bursary (ISB) from SAAS.

Scotland Accommodation Bursaries

The University of Edinburgh Bursaries

The University of Edinburgh Bursary was introduced in 2012 as a result of the new tuition 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 this package of bursaries, all students domiciled in the rest of the UK 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.

Students from the rest of the UK do not have to pay any tuition fees 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.

The University of Edinburgh Bursaries

Access Bursaries for UK students

Over 120 Access Bursaries will be awarded to UK students starting their undergraduate degree in the 2015-2016 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.

Access Bursaries for UK students

Lloyds Scholars Programme

Fifteen Lloyds Scholarships will be offered to students commencing an undergraduate degree at the University of Edinburgh in the 2015-2016 academic session.

Each scholarship, of up to four years, could be worth a total of £19,000 to the most successful scholars.

In addition, scholars will be offered up to two ten-week paid internships at Lloyds, for which they will receive a pro-rated salary of approximately £18,000.

Lloyds Scholars Programme

ICAS Foundation Bursaries

ICAS Foundation Bursaries assist students resident in Scotland who are accepted onto an undergraduate degree in Accountancy, Finance or Management (or any joint degree that includes one or more of these subjects).

Up to five awards of £1,000 to £2,500 per annum will be offered in 2015-2016.

ICAS Foundation Bursaries

SAAS bursaries for Scotland-domiciled students

Bursaries are non-repayable grants made available to some students for living cost support. These replace part of the student's loan and do not have to be paid back. The Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) offers two bursaries to Scotland-domiciled students.

Young Students’ Bursary

A Young Students’ Bursary of up to £1,750 is available for students whose household income is up to £16,999. This reduces to £1,000 for those with a household income below £24,000, and £500 below £34,000.

Independent Students' Bursary

An Independent Students' Bursary of up to £750 is available for students whose household income is up to £16,999.

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