Scholarships and Student Funding

Non-UK students

The University provides emergency funding for students facing unexpected financial difficulties.

Processing Times/Number of Applications Received 

As at 19 October at 0900 we have received 91 applications, the team are busy working our way through these in date order.  Due to the number of applications we have received, we have reviewed our processing times, and have updated the section "Application Assessment" to 30 days.  If you are in need of financial assistance, before you receive the outcome of your application, please contact the Advice Place, who have assist you with a small loan.

If you do not provide all the information requested within your application, this will also cause a delay in assessment.  We are also receiving duplicate applications, you do not need to do this, if you need to add to your original application, please open your original call and add.

 

Limited additional assistance is available for fully-matriculated International students from the University's Common Bursaries Fund who are ineligible to receive assistance from other UK Government sponsored funds. The fund supports living costs during financial difficulty and cannot be used for tuition fee payment.

 You can apply to the University for an emergency award if you suddenly find yourself in financial difficulty due to unforeseen problems with your funding. This could be as a result of currency fluctuations or the unexpected withdrawal of funding support, for example. Awards can also be made from this Fund to help students suffering financial hardship due to ill health if this results in an authorised interruption of studies. 

Welfare Advisors at the EUSA Advice Place are available to answer your questions and provide support for your application. We recommend contacting a Welfare Advisor before completing the form  Advice Place Contacts.

We cannot assist with:

  • Anticipated future costs
  • Shortfalls in your month to month maintenance
  • Assistance with tuition fees
  • Where we identify excessive spending any potential award will be reduced. Consistent excessive spending across multiple applications may lead to no funds being awarded. This would include a high volume spend on takeaways or recreational spending non-essential living costs of

Fraudulent Applications

If you submit an application or supporting documentation which we then discover to be fraudulent or if we receive any information about fraudulent applications, this will be addressed within regulations 12.4 of the Student Code of Conduct .  Any funds awarded will need to be paid back in full. 

Application Requirements 

During the application process, you are required to attach supporting evidence.  Without the evidence we will not be able to proceed with your application.

  1.  Ensure you complete all parts of the online application form 
  2.  Upload all relevant information in a PDF format.  Without this information we will be unable to process your form
    1. All Bank Statements will be required and these should cover 3 months up until the date of application, this includes all accounts, including secondary or online savings accounts (This includes PayPal, Monzo, UK, overseas accounts and any cryptocurrencies e.g  Bitcoin, NEO etc)
    2. Bank statements must be provided in PDF format and must show the account holder name, account number, transaction details and running balance. Screenshots cannot be accepted
      1. We cannot accept applications if you do not hold a bank account in your name, including if you use parental accounts/credit cards to pay for living expenses.
  3. A copy of the lease for the property you are renting (screen shots are not acceptable)
  4. Evidence of capital/savings available to you
  5. Any scholarship or funding letters
  6. Any other information asked for within the application process
  7. Any amount held within your bank account will be treated as funds that you have access to.

Please note, we cannot accept screen shots of information.  To avoid any delay in assessment, where you have multiple bank accounts, including online accounts, please submit the required documentation with your application.  

Your application was logged in our call management system and you will have received a call number.  We would ask that you please refrain from sending duplicate e-mails, if you need to add to your original e-mail please use the call link you will receive by return email on submission of your form.  We are aware of the urgency of your application and will ensure we deal with the application as quickly as possible.    We are posting our processing dates to keep you updated and we will be in touch if further details or supporting documentation is required. 

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When to apply

You will be able to submit your application to the University between Wednesday 6 October to Friday 3 December 2021 at 1700 GMT.  We reserve the right to close any hardship fund, if the fund has been exhausted.

Application Form

Assessment of application

Assessment normally takes about 30 working days from receipt of a complete application, you will receive an email informing you of the decision.  Please note, due to the current circumstances  applications may take longer dependant on the number of applications we are receiving.  The University is also now in a transitional period of staff working from home this task may take longer which will therefore, increase these timelines. 

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

Receiving funds

Awards are paid by BACS (Bankers' Automated Clearing Services).  If you are successful, Finance will process payment to your bank account.  You will be asked to provide these details via a link on the form. 

Overseas Bank accounts

We are unable to make payments to overseas bank accounts. You must set up a UK bank account before applying to the fund.

Learn about your options for opening your first student bank account in the UK and banking safety

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. We aim to provide support to as many students as possible, as a result, previous applications - whether successful or not - will be taken into consideration.

What level of funding is available?

In previous years, the maximum available was £250 per year. For the 20/21 academic session, you can receive up to £500 (single), £750 (couple) and £900 (family) per year. 

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 studentfunding@ed.ac.uk with the subject "Request for Hardship Review"

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 Scholarships and Student Funding Services Manager, 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 28 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.

Online Resources to assist you

Fraud Awareness Resources

Find advice and guidance on how to prevent and respond to online fraud and phishing attacks, especially while during hybrid working and studying

Scams

SCAM is a fraudulent scheme performed by a dishonest individual, group, or company in an attempt to obtain money or something else of value.  Anyone can be targeted and everyone is at risk so it is important you learn how to recognise a scam and protect yourself against them.

Scams are now very sophisticated (and can be complex) using impersonation techniques, stolen data or personal details from social media to make you believe what they say is genuine. Scammers may think you are an easy target because you are away from home, family and friends. You may be unfamiliar with local laws or not know where to go for help and advice

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