Understanding Student Funding Options at University of Dundee

Available support and resources

20 June 2024
University of Dundee Student Funding

As a student at the University of Dundee, it’s essential to know the various funding options available to help support your education. Whether you’re a home or international student, numerous financial assistance opportunities exist to help make your university experience more affordable. In this blog post, we’ll explore the primary funding sources for home and international students at the University of Dundee.

Home/UK Students

If you’re a home student experiencing unexpected money problems, the UK Student Discretionary Funds can provide support. For example, if you cannot pay for housing or living costs following a loss of income. You cannot use any money you may receive to pay for tuition fees. You may be eligible for financial assistance from the following sources:

Student Loans: The Student Loans Company provides loans to cover tuition fees and living costs. These loans have low interest rates and don’t require repayment until you’re earning above a certain threshold.

Bursaries and Scholarships: University of Dundee offers various bursaries and scholarships based on academic achievement, financial need, or other criteria.

SAAS Funding: The Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) provides funding for eligible Scottish students to cover tuition fees and living costs.

International Students

As an international student, you may be eligible for emergency financial assistance. University International Student Emergency Fund could provide some support if there is an unexpected change that could be a loss of income due to illness or death in the family. Or, it could be being unable to return home because of conflicts or the fear of persecution. You cannot use any money you may receive to pay for tuition fees.

International Scholarships: Dundee University offers several scholarships for international students, often based on academic merit, financial need, or other criteria. Scholarships to help fund your Dundee education.

External Funding Sources: Numerous external organisations offer scholarships, grants, and loans for international students. Research opportunities specific to your home country and subject area to maximise your chances of securing funding.

International Student Emergency Funds: Dundee University provides emergency funding for international students facing unforeseen financial difficulties during their studies.


Alternative funding

Charities, trust funds, bursaries, and scholarships are alternative sources of funding which might be available to you. 

For example –  “Making Mum Proud” is a compassionate charity dedicated to supporting and empowering young adults aged 18-26 who have experienced the loss of a parent or legal guardian.

For more information on student funding at Dundee University, visit the university’s Student Funding webpage or contact the Student Funding team directly, below are some useful links.

Student Funding –  https://www.dundee.ac.uk/student-funding

Apply for discretionary funding if you are a UK student – https://www.dundee.ac.uk/guides/discretionary-funding-uk

Apply for discretionary funding to support childcare – https://www.dundee.ac.uk/guides/discretionary-funding-childcare

Apply for discretionary funding if you are an international student – https://www.dundee.ac.uk/guides/discretionary-funding-international

Confidentiality Statement and Privacy Notice – 


Alternate Funding – https://www.dundee.ac.uk/student-funding/alternative-funding

Contact – StudentFunding@dundee.ac.uk


Financial Advice and Support Options Outside University

Below are some organisations that can help students to find advice on the cost of living support.

Scottish Welfare Fund – Crisis Grant

This is a one-off payment to help you cope during emergencies or unexpected expenses.

Brooksbank Centre  – 01382 432450

Brooksbank can help you with what benefits checks and offer debt solutions.

Citizen’s Advice Bureau – 01382 214633

CAB gives free and impartial advice on a wide range of topics, including energy, housing, employment, debt and income maximisation including budgeting.

Dundee Law Centre – 01382 918230

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