Scholarships and Student Funding

Support for students impacted by COVID-19 2022

Additional support for Students experiencing hardship as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19).

As at 1430 BST on Thursday 16 June we suspended applications to this fund. This is to allow us to process the application forms we are currently working on. Once we have processed these applications and only if funds are still available will we reopen for applications.

 

The fund will support students experiencing unforeseen short-term financial hardship over the last few months 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 opened on Thursday 17 March and will close when funds are exhausted. If funds are exhausted prior to the closing date, we will close the application process, if we still have funds available we may extend the process.

Students are awarded based on individual needs and students will receive varying amounts.   

 

Updated information:

 

Date Action Description
30 May 2022 Fund Suspended  As at 1100 BST on Monday 30 May we suspended applications to this fund. This is to allow us to process the 110 application forms we are currently working on. Once we have processed these application and only if funds are still available will we reopen for applications.
16 May 2022 Fund Open Limited funds are available, applications will be dealt with in date order.  We reserve the right to close this fund again in application numbers are high, or we have run our of funds
18 April 2022 Fund Suspended  As at 1600 BST on Monday 18 April we suspended applications to this fund. This is to allow us to process the 360 application forms we are currently working on. Once we have processed these application and only if funds are still available will we reopen for applications.
17 March 2022 Fund Open Applications are now being accepted
30 May 2022 Fund Suspended As at 1100 BST on Monday 30 May we suspended applications to this fund. This is to allow us to process the 110 application forms we are currently working on. Once we have processed these application and only if funds are still available will we reopen for applications.
13 June 2022 Fund Open Applications are now being accepted.  
16 June 2022 Fund Suspended As at 1430 BST on Thursday 16 June we suspended applications to this fund. This is to allow us to process the application forms we are currently working on. Once we have processed these applications and only if funds are still available will we reopen for applications.

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

How the fund works

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FUND CANNOT BE AWARDED TOWARDS COSTS FOR FLIGHTS AND/OR MANAGED QUARANTINE. 

Please read the following terms before submitting your application.

Eligibility

Students will be eligible for the fund if:

  • You are a fully matriculated student on a full or part time mode of study.
  • You are physically studying in the UK.  
  • You commenced your studies in the 2021/2022 academic year or before - students who plan to commence their studies in academic session 2022/23 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, unforeseen 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 to £2000 across all bank accounts - unless eligible for payment for gas and electricity, see section on Accommodation
  • You are applying for anticipated expenses.
  • You are applying for funds to provide financial support to family. 
  • You are applying for support with flights and/or managed quarantine costs.
  • You receive parental support. 
  • 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 i.e. you commence your studies in academic session 2022/23 
  • You are a visiting or exchange student - these students 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.

 

Students who have already received support from the Scholarships 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. 

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 will need to provide supporting evidence:

Bank statements

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. 
  • Bank statements must show living expenses which include, purchasing weekly food shopping, utility bills payment  e.g mobile phone bills, gas/electricity, car insurance etc
  • 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 as well as any accounts containing cryptocurrencies e.g  Bitcoin, NEO etc.
  • Any amount held within your bank account will be treated as funds that you have access to.
  • OVERSEAS ACCOUNTS - You must supply all your OVERSEAS accounts if you do not, your application will be rejected 
  • Provide statements from the accounts that you pay your tuition and rent from

WeChat wallets - Statements must be provided from this account and be submitted as part of your applications

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.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
  • Private Rental - please provide a recent energy bill (within the last 2 months), this must show the address you are living at and must match your student record.
  • If you are sharing a property please confirm in you application how many you are sharing with
  • Purpose Built Student Accommodation

Personal statement must include the following:

  • Why you are applying to the fund i.e. your current financial/personal circumstances. 
  • You MUST include any credit card statements which you use in your parents name
  • You MUST indicate how are you paying for your rent if it is not visible on your bank statements e.g. you have paid in advance or your parents are paying  the rent   
  • You MUST show how you are paying for Living Expenses, this includes e.g. mobile phone line rental/sim card, food bills etc if it is not visible on your bank statements                                     
  • You MUST explain high value transfers between your bank accounts         
  • You MUST confirm that you have declared all your bank accounts, failure to do so will results in a rejection
  • You MUST state if you are receiving parental support and the contribution being made
  • You MUST confirm if you have any future tuition or rent to pay and the dates the payments are due         

Evidence of Funding for the 2021-2022 academic session (if applicable)

  • Please provide a copy of your student loan/scholarship/bursary award letter for the 2021-2022 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.

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

 

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 email receipt 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?

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 alternatively to speed up the payment process, you should ensure you add your bank details through UniDesk.

 

*If your application is approved between 29 April and 19 May by the 27 May

*If your application is approved between 20 May and 2 June by the 10 June

*If your application is approved between 3 June to  Thursday 23 June,  by 1 July.  

                          *Please ensure you add your bank details to ensure payment can be made in time

We will confirm additional payment dates as we move through the months

 

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, including bitcoins and ISA savings
  • 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?

We understand those who receive a rejection to their request will be disappointed but we are trying to support as many students as possible.  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:

  • this must include why you think you should receive funding directly referencing the criteria of the fund outlined above.
  • 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 studentfunding@ed.ac.uk with the subject "Covid Application Fund Request for Review"

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