Access Bursary

The Access Bursary is a lump of cash that’s awarded to you based on the financial support you can get from your parents. It works on a sliding scale, meaning students whose parents earn below a certain threshold will be entitled to receive more money than someone’s whose parents earn above it. Your bursary will come directly from your university and the great news is that you won’t have to pay it back.

The Access Bursary for students from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland was introduced to help support students from these regions who are from low income families, have a Residual Household Income (RHI) of less than £42,601 and started their programme of study here at Edinburgh Napier University in or after September 2012 and have been assessed as having to pay the full rest of UK level of fees.


How do I apply?

Applications OPEN. To apply for the Access bursary, please click here to submit your application via our Find a Fund system.

Payments are made in November and March of the academic year that you make a claim.

​How is my Residual Household Income (RHI) defined?

RHI is decided in accordance with the Student Funding award made to you from your awarding body.  Please refer to the table below that refers to your awarding body:

Students from England

Maintenance loan (for students commencing studies in 2022/23) 

Maintenance loan (for students commencing studies in 2021/2022)

Maintenance loan (for students commencing studies in 2020/19)

Maintenance loan (for students commencing studies in 2019/20)







£7,262 to £9, 705

£7,097 to £9,487

£6,882 to £9,202

£6,685 to £8,943


Students from Wales

Maintenance Grant (for students commencing studies in 2022/23)


£6947 or higher 


£3469 - £6946 


Students from Northern Ireland

Maintenance Grant


£2201 or over


Less than £2201 or must have a maintenance loan of £4840 or higher



Students from Republic of Ireland

Maintenance Grant


Euros €1715 or over


Euros €755


Value of bursary

Higher level - £2,000 per academic year

Lower level - £1,000 per academic year

Award paid for one year. You must apply each year.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible to receive this bursary you must:

  • Be a matriculated student of Edinburgh Napier University registered on a full-time undergraduate course and have been assessed by the University as being due to pay full Rest of UK (RUK) level of fees.
  • Have commenced your first year of study at Edinburgh Napier University in 2022/23 academic year or later.
  • Not be repeating a year of study for any reason
  • Have been assessed by an awarding body (England, Wales, Northern Ireland) as detailed below

Residual Household Income Award

 Residual Household Income
£25,000 and under

 £25,001 - £42,600