Scholarships and Student Funding

US loans

Student loans are provided by the US Government to eligible students on eligible programmes of study. The University of Edinburgh is an approved Title IV institution for the purpose of administering these loans.

At the University of Edinburgh, Scholarships and Student Funding Services staff are committed to helping you determine the best way to pay for your education and to provide comprehensive support and quality service. 

NEWS for 2019-20 FAFSA applicants

As a student in receipt of US Federal loans you may be concerned about the impact of the COVID 19 virus on your continued eligibility for funding, given that normally both online learning and studying in the USA are prohibited for students at foreign schools. 

The US government has, on 27th March, approved the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) which includes legistlation relevant to students enrolled at foreign schools.   For the duration of the current emergency and for one further payment period (part academic year) the university is continuing to process scheduled loan disbursements, even though teaching and supervision is being delivered online and students may have returned to the US, providing that students continue to meet all other Federal Student Aid eligibility requirements. 


 We will keep you updated on these developments  - please refer to this FAQ document.



Current students who have an amount owing for 2019-20 tuition fees are advised to email as soon as possible for advice.


NEWS for 2020-21 FAFSA applicants

We have commenced processing of FAFSA applications from 2nd June 2020 for both new and continuing students.

Please complete this FAFSA Enquiry form to let us know that you have completed your FAFSA application.

New 2020-21 entrants for the BVMS Veterinary Medicine programme who have applied for admission through VMCAS and have not yet received their university student number and EASE password will be unable to access the above FAFSA Enquiry form and should instead contact the Scholarships and Financial Support team by email.

Please also refer to the above FAQs relating to US Federal Loans and Coronavirus.

GENERAL INFORMATION for new applicants and current students


Please refer to Applying for Financial Aid at the University of Edinburgh for details of application process and look out for emails regarding the next steps.

If you have a particular deadline for your visa application please get in touch.

Once your loans have been originated satisfactorily you will receive an award letter which details the loan amounts, net of origination fees, and the disbursement dates.

This award letter will be emailed to you and should be used to satisfy visa requirements.


In addition to the information on our web pages our“Edinburgh Financial Aid Information” provides comprehensive information on various aspects of the US loan process..

We would encourage all current and prospective borrowers to consult this document.


Pell Grants - applicants should note that as a foreign school the University is not authorised to administer Federal grants, only Direct Loans.



If you have any queries about US loans please feel free to contact our Financial Aid staff within Scholarships and Student Funding Services (