New fund available to help students cope with financial pressures

A new fund is available for full-time students who are struggling financially while at college.

The Hard Times Fund, managed by the Edinburgh College Development Trust, the independent charity that supports students at Edinburgh College, is available to students in financial need who are single parents, have recently stopped receiving housing benefit, or who do not qualify for the college’s Discretionary Fund.

Students studying at any of the college’s four campuses can apply for up to £500 and can apply once per academic year. To apply, students should contact Student Services, who will assess the eligibility of each student before submitting a proposal to the Edinburgh College Development Trust for funding.

Money to establish this fund has been donated by a number of external partners who are committed to supporting students throughout their time at Edinburgh College. Benefactors include: the family of Robert McLeod, the first principal of Telford College, one of Edinburgh College’s legacy colleges; Baillie Gifford & Co; Artemis Charitable Foundation; and CALA Homes Midlothian.

Edinburgh College Development Trust chair Dr Allan Colquhoun said: “It’s fantastic to be launching this new fund which is aimed at easing the financial pressures some of our students may experience, allowing them to continue having a positive experience at college and achieve their potential.”