Scholarships and Student Funding

UK students

The Scottish Government makes funds available to support UK students in financial difficulty in the academic session 2021-2022. 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 introduced some changes from 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.

 

 

Updated information:

 

Date Action Description
24 May 2022 Fund Suspended  As at 1600 BST on Tuesday 24 May we suspended applications to this fund. This is to allow us to process the 63 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 January 2022 Fund Open

Applications are now being accepted

Who is eligible

  • You must be from ScotlandEnglandWales or Northern Ireland. 
  • You are from the EU  and you receive an income assessed award from SAAS or the SLC are also eligible to apply.

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 students).
    • Students from England and Wales can receive maintenance loans for research programmes and will need to have received their first payment.  
  • 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.​

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 will be required to provide 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 your student loan award letter and payment schedule (both sides) , scholarship, or bursary award letter (both sides) for the 2021-2022 academic session.
  4. Evidence of rent or mortgage payments eg Loan tenancy agreement or letter from landlord
  5. Evidence of capital/savings available to you
  6. 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.  

Apply

Applications are currently suspended

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.  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.  

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.   It may take up to 10 working days for funds to reach your bank account.

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?

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 studentfunding@ed.ac.uk 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 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

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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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