Undergraduate study - 2023 entry
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What financial support is available?

If you normally live in Scotland 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.

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’ll usually be eligible to have your fees paid by the Scottish Government.
  • You may be eligible for government student loans and bursaries.
  • You do not have to pay back bursaries.

We awarded more than £10 million in undergraduate financial support in 2017/18.

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Government funding

If you’re studying full time for your first degree, you’ll usually be eligible to have your fees paid by the Scottish Government for your full period of study.

You must apply every year to the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) to have your tuition fees paid.

You can also apply to SAAS for loans and bursaries to help you with your living costs.

What you will receive is dependent on your household income, the degree programme you are studying and where you live while you study.

You can apply online for both payment of your fees and living cost support in a single application to SAAS.

Student Awards Agency Scotland

Access Edinburgh Scholarship

The Access Edinburgh Scholarship is for full-time undergraduate students who live in the UK and are commencing their studies from Sept 2020 onwards.

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.

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

Access Edinburgh Scholarship

Additional financial assistance

We also offer a number of other awards to new full-time undergraduate students. You should apply for this financial support as early as possible after applying for admission.

Access awards

University scholarships  

Funding is available for UK students with children or adult dependants.  We also offer financial support for disabled students.

Financial assistance may also be available once you are here from the discretionary fund for UK students.


The award has allowed me to have some time to myself and to get more involved in university life.

Lewis AllanMBChB Medicine

Part-time study

If you are studying part time you may be eligible to apply for a part-time fee grant.