Undergraduate study - 2018 entry

What financial support is available?

If you normally live in Northern Ireland there are funds available to help you finance your time at university.

  We’re committed to helping students of all ages and social backgrounds enter higher education and recruiting the best students regardless of financial situation.

Photo of a female student studying in the ground floor library café

What help is there?

  • we offer one of the most generous financial support packages in the UK for students from the lowest household incomes
  • you can use the University of Edinburgh Scholarship for either tuition fees or living costs
  • you do not have to pay back the University of Edinburgh Scholarship
  • you may also be eligible for government student loans and grants
  • you do not have to pay back grants

Government funding

If you're studying full time for your first degree you may apply to Student Finance Northern Ireland for a loan to cover your full tuition fees.

You can also apply to Student Finance Northern Ireland for loans and grants to help you with your living costs. What you will receive is dependent on your household income.

Government loans and grants can be used to study anywhere in the UK and will be available for the duration of your degree.

Maintenance grants are non-repayable - you do not need to pay them back.

You can apply online for both your tuition fee loan and living cost support.

University of Edinburgh funding

In addition to government funding, we offer the University of Edinburgh Scholarship that many of you will be eligible to receive.  You may use your scholarship to contribute towards either your tuition fees or your general living costs while at Edinburgh.

The amount you may receive depends on your residual household income.

We also offer a number of other bursaries and scholarships to new full-time undergraduate students. You must apply for these bursaries and scholarships as early as possible after applying for admission.

You do not need to apply for the University of Edinburgh Scholarship, but will be automatically considered for this on the basis of information you provide about household income to your funding body.

We awarded more than £9 million in undergraduate financial support in 2016/17.

The awards mean that university life away from home has been much more affordable and less burdensome. They have allowed me to buy all the relevant textbooks and a laptop.

Nichol YesuthasanMA (Hons) French & History

Additional financial assistance

Additional funding is available for UK students with children and also for disabled students.

Additional financial assistance may be available once you are here from the Discretionary Fund for UK Students.

Part-time study

If you are studying part time you may be eligible to apply for funding.

Next steps

Follow the guidance provided by Student Finance Northern Ireland.