Scholarships and Student Funding

Summer support for students impacted by COVID-19 2021

The Scottish Government has announced additional support for Students experiencing hardship over summer as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The fund will support students experiencing unforeseen short-term financial hardship over the Summer of 2021 due to Covid-19. Awards will be made towards living expenses. 

Priority will be given to those students who are facing financial issues related to being unable to secure any employment. Students who are facing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19 will also be a priority.

The fund is open from the 25th of June 2021 to the 19th of July 2021 1700 UK time. If funds are exhausted prior to the closing date, we will close the application process.

Applications for this fund are now closed as the 19th of July deadline has passed. 

Applications will be considered on a first-come-first-served basis and no repeat applications will be accepted. 

How the fund works

Please read the following terms before submitting your application.


Students will be eligible for the fund if:

  • You are a fully matriculated student on a full or part time programme of study.
  • You commenced your studies in the 2020/2021 academic year or before - students who plan to commence their studies in academic session 2021/22 are not eligible.
  • You are a continuing student with the exception of EU/International students who have graduated but are unable to travel home due to travel restrictions. 
  • You are experiencing short term, unforseen financial hardship.
  • You are a student who is interrupted for health reasons. 

The following students are ineligible for support:

Students will be unable to apply for the fund if:

  • You have access to funds over £1500 across all bank accounts.
  • You have access to savings or other investments including, but not limited to, cryptocurrency, help to buy ISAs, trust funds.
  • You are holding money for friends or family - this will be treated as your own available funds. 
  • You are applying to replace income loss.
  • You are a student not yet matriculated at the University.
  • You are a visiting or exchange student - these student should seek support from their home institutions. 
  • Your programme of study is a joint degree where the University of Edinburgh is not the lead institution.

  • You are applying for support with tuition fee costs or compensation for fees paid.
  • You are applying for anticipated expenses.
  • You are applying for funds to provide financial support to family. 

Students who have already received support from the Scholarship and Student Funding Team are only eligible for support under exceptional circumstances.

Please note the University is unable to meet all costs or fully cover the deficit between income and expenditure and that not all applications are successful. 

Application Requirements

During the application process, you will need to provide supporting evidence:

Bank statements

  • Statements must be provided for all of your bank accounts from the last 8 weeks up until the recent month. This includes PayPal, Monzo, UK and Overseas accounts.
  • 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.
    • What we are assessing in the bank statements is rent payments, living costs, income (e.g. from part-time work, parents, benefits), large transactions, excessive spending or gambling, overall balance. 
    • Applications will be rejected from students who have made large one off transactions out of their accounts immediately prior to applying.
  • Bank account/s must be in the students name. We cannot accept applications from students who do not hold a bank account, including those who use parental accounts/credit cards to pay for living expenses. 
  • Any amount held within your bank account will be treated as funds that you have access to.

Accommodation Lease/Rental Agreement (if applicable)

  • Please provide a PDF copy of the lease/mortgage agreement for the property you currently reside in. Screenshots cannot be accepted.
  • If your rent is in arrears, a copy of confirmation of arrears must be provided

Evidence of Funding for the 2020-2021 academic session (if applicable)

  • Please provide a copy of your student loan/scholarship/bursary award letter for the 2020-2021 academic session. 

Any other supporting information that will show evidence of severe hardship related to Covid-19.

All attachments should be in PDF format. The application cannot be submitted without these documents.  The application form must be completed in full – if information is omitted, your application will be rejected.

Applications for this fund are now closed.

Once your application is submitted, please refrain from sending duplicate emails. If you need to add to your original application, please use the link that you will receive in your receipt email once your application has been submitted. 

We are aware of the urgency of your application and will ensure we deal with the application as quickly as possible. In order for us to support as many students as possible, our team is working to strict guidelines: every student who has applied and has been successful or unsuccessful, is being assessed in exactly the same way.

We will post our processing timescales as soon as possible to keep you updated and we will be in touch if further details or supporting documentation are required.

When will I know if my application has been successful?

If successful, you will receive email confirmation from us.

If successful, how will I receive the money?

We will make payment to your UK bank account. In order to speed up the payment process, you should ensure you add your bank details via the link in the application form or through UniDesk.

If your applicaiton is approved between the 28th June and 8th July: by the 28th of July. 

If your applicaiton is approved between the 9th July and 22nd July: by the 11th of August. 

If your application is approved on or after the 23rd July: after the 19th of August.

Why was my application rejected?

In order to ensure the limited funds go to those most in need we may reject applications if:

  • you have access to funds and savings to support living costs
  • there is a high volume of non hardship spending or gambling
  • you have applied for funds after taking a recreational holiday
  • you have not provided the required support documentation within the time frame
  • you have applied for support with tuition fees
  • you have applied for support with anticipated costs/hardship e.g. future flights

The funds are to support living costs based on access to funds.

What if I disagree with the assessment of my application?

If your application has been rejected and you disagree with the decision, you are entitled to request a review of your application.

Reviews should be requested in writing, clearly stating the grounds for appeal and you must supply additional documentary evidence to support the review process e.g. updated bank statements. Reviews must be submitted within working days of receiving your outcome.

Reviews should be sent to with the subject "Summer Covid Fund Request for Review"


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