The University of Edinburgh Scholarship (for students pre 2020 entry)
For students domiciled in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The University of Edinburgh has a long tradition of supporting students of all ages and social backgrounds to enter higher education and we remain committed to ensuring this continues.
Our generous financial support for undergraduate students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland reflects our aim of recruiting the brightest and best students regardless of their financial situation.
The University of Edinburgh Scholarship provides financial support for students based on their family's houshold income. The eligibility requirements and amounts of these awards are dependent on your year of entry, please refer to the tables below for further details.
|If you commence your programme in the 2019-2020 session, please refer to the following table.|
|If you started your programme in either the 2017-2018 or 2018-2019 session, please refer to the following table.||If you started your programme prior to the 2017-2018 session, please refer to the following table.|
There is no application form for the University of Edinburgh Scholarship. The University will use the residual household income figure calculated by the Student Loans Company (SLC) when assessing your scholarship entitlement.
Please note that if you or your parents withhold your consent to share financial information on your Student Loans application, we will not be able to confirm your eligibility for an University of Edinburgh Scholarship.
You are guaranteed to receive up to the following level of award for each year of your degree programme if you are successful in taking up your offer of admission.
You will be able to use your award to either contribute towards your tuition fee costs or towards your general living costs while at Edinburgh.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I know if I am eligible to receive a University of Edinburgh Scholarship?
The award is available to full-time undergraduate students who usually live in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. If you’re residual household income is £35,000 (new students) or £42,600 (continuing students) or less, you will qualify for a scholarship. Both independent and dependent students are eligible as long as they meet the other eligibility criteria.
- How do I apply for a scholarship?
In order to be automatically assessed for a University of Edinburgh Scholarship you must apply to be financially assessed by your regional funding body - Student Finance England, Student Finance Wales, or Student Finance Northern Ireland. When you make your application for student finance you must opt for means assessment and give consent for information to be shared with us for administration purposes. Any family members whose income is assessed as part of your student finance application will also need to give their consent to share.
- How do I know if I have given consent to share my household income details?
In your application for maintenance loans, and tuition fee loan you will have been asked whether you give consent to share your income details. Without this consent the University will be unable to assess whether you are eligible to receive an award. If you are not sure whether this consent has been given please contact the relevant funding body (see below). You can normally give consent to share over the telephone.
- When will I receive written confirmation of my scholarship?
Confirmation of your award will be e-mailed to the address your Student Funding body holds for you, from the beginning of July onwards. You should log into your student finance account and click on the correspondence icon at the top of the page to view your entitlement and payment schedule. If you are reassessed during the year e.g. your Student Finance assessment changes, then you will receive a reassessment award letter. Please note that the University reserves the right not to make an award where only a provisional household incomeassessment has been made.
- When will my scholarship be paid?
In session 2020-2021, recipients will receive their award in three instalments:
50% on Wednesday 28th October 2020
25% on Wednesday 17th February 2021
25% on Wednesday 19th May 2021
- How will my scholarship be paid?
Your award will be paid directly into your bank account by BACS (Bankers' Automated Clearing Services). As the University of Edinburgh Scholarship is serviced by the Student Loans Company (SLC), they will use the bank account details which you supplied to your regional funding body for maintenance payments.
- Who are the funding bodies assessing my application for Student Finance?
You will be assessed on the basis of where you are living at the time of your application.
If you have a query regarding your assessment, please contact the relevant funding body:
Student Finance England: 0300 100 0607
Student Finance Wales: 0300 200 4050
Student Finance Northern Ireland: 0300 100 0077
- If my circumstances change during the session, how will this affect my award?
If an income assessment is reviewed during the session by your funding body and this results in you being eligible for an award (when you had not been eligible previously), you will receive an award which will be backdated to the beginning of the academic session in which the review took place.
If as a result of an income review, you are entitled to a higher level of award, this adjustent will be made and backdated to the beginning of the academic session in which the review took place. If however as a result of the review, you are no longer entitled to receive the same level of scholarship support or you are no longer eligible to receive any award, the University will seek to either recover the overpayment from you or reduce any future scholarship payments.
- I am a part-time student, am I eligible to receive a University of Edinburgh Scholarship?
Please contact the scholarships and financial support team for more information.
- I am going to be undertaking a second undergraduate degree. Am I eligible for a scholarship?
No. Second first degree students are not eligible for a University of Edinburgh Scholarship.
- I am going to be studying on the one year Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) programme. Am I eligible for a scholarship?
While you will be eligible to apply to your relevant government funding body for student finance support, you will not be eligible to apply for the University of Edinburgh Scholarship as the PGDE is a professional diploma qualification. The University of Edinburgh scholarship is only available to eligible undergraduate programmes.
- If I have to repeat a year of study, will I be eligible to receive the scholarship?
Eligible students are entitled to one additional year of scholarship support during their programme of study, known as a +1 year. Please contact the scholarships and financial support team for more information.
- My planned degree includes a year studying abroad at another University, how will this affect my scholarship?
Students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland studying on a year abroad are entitled to receive a scholarship. The levels will remain the same as those studying on-campus. In order to be considered you must apply to be financially assessed by your regional funding body - Student Finance England, Student Finance Wales, or Student Finance Northern Ireland.
- Student Finance re-assessed me in May and subsequently my household income is lower than before. Can my University of Edinburgh Scholarship be re-assessed?
Students who are re-assessed after 30 April 2021 cannot receive a higher Scholarship for 2020-2021. However, assuming their circumstances remain the same and they meet all other eligibility criteria, they would be eligible to receive a University of Edinburgh Scholarship in the following academic session.