The Scottish Government makes funds available to support UK students in financial difficulty in the academic session 2020-2021. The funds are focused on supporting living costs and are not to reduce tuition fees.
These funds are for students in financial hardship at the time of application.
Discretionary funds cannot be used to pay towards the cost of tuition fees.
We recommend all students, including continuing students who have previously received funds, considering applying for Discretionary Funds, please read our guidance at:
We have introduced some changes for the 2020/21 academic session:
- Online form and guidance documentation introduced
- The maximum allocated for accommodation costs has been increased
- Capped childcare costs to ensure funds can support as many students as possible
- Support resources for budgeting where debt is identified
- Clear guidance on excessive spending and gambling
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.
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 and postgraduate taught 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" or on multiple repeat years, 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.
- Ensure you complete all parts of the online application form
- Upload all relevant information in a PDF format. Without this information we will be unable to process your form
- All Bank Statements will be required these should cover 3 months, these must show your name - this includes all accounts, including secondary or online savings accounts (eg. Money Box).
- Funding Award letter - both sides
- Student Loan payment schedule (both sides)
- Evidence of rent or mortgage payments eg Loan tenancy agreement or letter from landlord
- Evidence of capital/savings available to you
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. Application - please click here to use our online form
Assessment of Application
Assessment normally takes about 20 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. We will keep our webpages up to date with processing times.
If your application is successful, it can take up to 10 working days for payments to be processed.
Payment of award
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.
Can I apply more than once?
We aim to support as many students as possible. You can apply more than once 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.
Why are applications rejected?
Applications can be rejected for lack of supporting information, evidence of excessive spending or gambling, or lack of financial hardship. Please do read the guidance to understand in full how your application will be assessed and talk with Advice Place Contacts. Access to the fund should not be assumed, particularly, where we have a higher demand for the fund.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject "Request for Discretionary 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 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.