Carnegie Trust Undergraduate Tuition Fee Grant

This fund is separate to the University. To apply for this as well, please follow this link:

The scheme derives from the intention of the Trust Founder, Andrew Carnegie, “to render attendance at the Universities of Scotland and the enjoyment of their advantages more available to the deserving and qualified youth of Scotland to whom the payment of fees might act as a barrier”. The scheme aims to support students who do not receive government funding towards the costs of their tuition fees following withdrawal from a previous course of study, academic repeats or because of their residence status.

Applicants must demonstrate that their financial circumstances will hinder access to their chosen course of study when making a request for funding to the Carnegie Trust.

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be of Scottish birth or descent (at least one parent born in Scotland), or must have had at least two full years of education at a secondary school in Scotland
  • Not be eligible for support towards the cost of tuition fees from either the Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Finance England, Student Finance Wales or Student Finance Northern Ireland, or any other similar scheme (including US Federal Loan Schemes). Note: Part-time students, who only receive tuition fee support from SAAS and are not eligible for any grants, bursaries or loans from SAAS or for a university scheme, may apply if the amount awarded by SAAS is less than the total amount of fees payable.
  • Reside in Scotland during the period of the course studied.
  • Must normally have passed the examinations relating to the previous stage of their curriculum before being eligible for support.

Applicants eligible for a SAAS/Student Loans Company maintenance loan are expected to take full advantage of the loans available to them. Important note on eligibility If you are claiming eligibility on the basis of Scottish descent you should be able to explain your links to Scotland. For example, you will need to provide information about your Scottish ancestry and how often and for how long you have visited Scotland in the past. You will also need to explain why you are coming to Scotland to study. For instance, you will need to demonstrate why you cannot study in your country of ordinary residence. This is also very important if you were born in Scotland but do not currently reside in, or recently moved to Scotland to attend university.

The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland