Scholarships and Student Funding

Access Edinburgh Scholarship (for students commencing in Sept 2020)

The University is offering a new scholarship for full time undergraduate students who live in the UK and are beginning their studies in 2020.

The Access Edinburgh Scholarship is for full-time undergraduate students beginning their studies in 2020, who live in the UK, and recieve funding from SAAS or Student Finance England, Wales, or Northern Ireland.  The Access Edinburgh Scholarships are funded by the University and the generosity of our supporters.

What can the money be used for?

This is money to help you make the most of student life, and is on top of any other funding you are entitled to receive.

How you spend your scholarship is up to you, and you don’t have to pay it back.

How much can I get?

This table shows what you can get for each year of your degree.

Household breakdown
Eligibility Criteria  Amount per year
Care experienced or estranged students £5,000
Household income below £20,999 £3,000
Household income £21,000 - £23,999 £2,000
Household income £24,000 - £33,999 £1,000

If you are entitled to the scholarship in your first year with us, you will receive at least that amount for every year of your studies so long as you remain fully matriculated. Please note, the award cannot be paid to those on interruptions of study or studying part time. One repeat year may considered where special circumstances apply.

To help you budget, each year you will never receive less than the amount you’ve been entitled to before, even if your household’s financial circumstances improve, but we will increase your scholarship if you become entitled to more.

If you become entitled to a scholarship during your degree, you’ll receive one from that point onwards.

Students domiciled in Scotland need to be receipt of of either a Young Students' Bursary (YSB), an Independent Students' Bursary (ISB) or a Care Experienced Student Bursary (CESB) (from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS).

We will assess your eligibility once a year at the end of semester one.

How do I apply?

There’s no separate application.

When you apply for funding from SAAS or Student Finance England, Wales or Northern Ireland, tick the box to agree to share your household income figure with the University. For new students, we will begin to access household income information from August each year and notify you with an entitlement letter confirming your award, payment dates and a request to securely provide your bank details by the start of the semester.  

If you are assessed as care experienced or estranged, you will automatically receive the maximum scholarship.  You may be interested in addition support information available at:

There is an unlimited number of scholarships available. If you meet the criteria, you will receive a scholarship.


When will I receive the funds?

All students will be paid in two instalments each year: once in semester 1 by the end of October, and once in semester 2 by the end of January.  The payment will be paid directly to bank details you have provided. We will review your assessment in December each year and adjust your second semester payment. Your payment can only go up and will not be reduced.  

Are there any programmes of undergraduate programmes of study that are excluded?

Yes, the following undergraduate programmes are not covered by the Access Edinburgh Scholarship as they may be covered by other financial support sources

  • Nursing (BN)
  • Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE)
  • LLB (Graduate Entry)
  • Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (4 year degree)

Is there a deadline for this scholarship?

We must have received your financial information from your funding body by the 31st of March in the second semester of the academic year in order for you to be considered for an award that year.

E.g. financial information must be received by the 31st March 2022 for an award to be made for the 2021-2022 academic session.

I still have questions, who can ask?

The Scholarships and Student Funding Team are able answer any questions you may have at:

Frequently Asked Questions

I do not have a SAAS Bursary, am I eligible?

No, you must be in receipt of  a SAAS Bursary to receive the award

I am study for a second degree, am I eligible?

No, the Access Edinburgh Scholarship is available for first degree only. 

My household income has change, what happens?

Your funding body shares household income which we use to access your award in July/August and December each year. Your award can only increase and would remain in place so long as you remain fully matriculated on your eligible degree programme. 

My Fee Status is EU/EEA/Overseas can I receive the award?

You do not qualify for this award, you must receive funding from SAAS or Student Finance England, Wales or Northern Ireland to receive this award.

My mode of study is part-time am I eligible for this award?

No, only students who are full-time and in receipt of funding from SAAS or Student Finance England, Wales or Northern Ireland can receive this award.