Scholarships and Student Funding

Discretionary Fund for UK students

If you find yourself in financial difficulties then this extra financial support provided by the Scottish Government is the source to tap into.

Additional financial assistance is available from the Discretionary Fund, which is provided by the Scottish Government for UK matriculated students.

These funds are for students in financial hardship at the time of application and cannot be used for anticipated financial need.

Discretionary funds cannot be used to pay towards the cost of tuition fees.

Eligibility

You must be from Scotland, England, Wales or Northern Ireland.

You can apply for discretionary funds if, at the time of application:

  • You have applied for your full income-assessed student loan entitlement and, if successful, have received your first instalment (for undergraduate students).
  • You have received the first payment of your student maintenance/grant (for undergraduate students).
  • You have already exhausted all other possible sources of funding such as the Student Loans Company and any other grants that may be available to you.
  • You are experiencing financial hardship.

Students from outside the UK are not eligible to apply for these funds. Students in receipt of a Nursing and Midwifery Student Bursary are not eligible for assistance from this fund, but should complete the form below to be considered for the Hardship Fund. Students categorised as "Exam Only", including those from the UK, are also not eligible to apply for these funds. Students who are interrupted from their studies can only apply if that interruption is for medical reasons.

 

A diagram explaining the application process can be found here -

 

We advise that you discuss your application with a welfare adviser at the Advice Place before completing it. You can also pick up an application from the Advice Place:

Scholarships and Financial Support Team

Contact details

Assessment of Application

Assessment normally takes about 15 working days, after which the administrators will email you to inform you of their decision.

If your application is successful, it can take up to 10 working days for payments to be processed.

Payment of award

Awards are normally paid by BACS (Bankers' Automated Clearing Services). You will be asked to provide the Finance Department with your bank details to allow the funds to be transferred directly to you. You can however ask for the payment to by made by cheque if this would suit you better.

Can I apply more than once?

Yes. You can apply as many times as you wish during the academic year. Each case is considered on its individual merits at the time of application. However, previous applications - whether successful or not - will be taken into consideration.

What if I disagree with the assessment of my application?

If you disagree with the decision reached you are entitled to request a review of your application. Reviews should be sent to the Scholarships and Financial Support Manager, Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH8 9YL.

Reviews should be requested in writing, clearly stating the grounds for appeal and, where appropriate, supplying additional documentary evidence to support the review process. All requests for review must be received within 14 days of the date of the original decision letter. The review process can take up to two weeks.

After you have received the outcome of your review, if you still disagree with our decision you may appeal in writing to the Director of Student Administrative Services (ssfs.director@ed.ac.uk), who is responsible for handling the final appeal. You should clearly indicate how you believe an incorrect decision has been made. The applicant will be informed of the final decision in writing within seven working days.

EUSA Advice Place staff will be able to advise you as to whether or not you have sufficient grounds to request a review.