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 and have been assessed as having to pay the full rest of UK level of fees.


Fund closing 5pm 28 June for the 23/24 academic session.

Please look out for Student Communications regarding the fund re-opening in September 2024.


Am I Eligible?

To be eligible to receive this bursary you must:

  • Be a registered 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.
  • Not be repeating a year of study for any reason.
  • Have been assessed by an awarding body (England, Wales, Northern Ireland and ROI) as detailed below:

Residual Household Income Award

Residual Household Income
£25,000 and under
£25,001 - £42,600

How do I apply?

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

Apply via Find a Fund. You will need to fully complete and submit the general and living cost questions, and must upload your current Student Finance Award Letter for your application to be assessed.

​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 2023/24) 

Maintenance loan (for students commencing studies in 2022/2023)

Maintenance loan (for students commencing studies in 2021/22)

Maintenance loan (for students commencing studies in 2020/21)







£7468 to £9777

£7262 to £9705

£7097 to £9487

£6882 to £9202


Students from Wales

Maintenance Grant


£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 €6791 or over


Euros €1051 to  €6790


Value of bursary

Higher level - £2,000 per academic year

Lower level - £1,000 per academic year

The total award you receive is paid in two instalments in each academic year. PLEASE NOTE: You must apply each academic year.