Scholarships and bursaries for boarders

Some schools offer scholarships in recognition of all-round ability, academic achievement, sports, music or drama. Families can also apply for financial assistance (usually called a bursary) which is means-tested. In other words, it’s based on ability to pay. In applying to a Scottish boarding school for financial assistance, you will be asked to complete a form, giving details of your financial circumstances, including both income and assets. This enables the school to make awards fairly and to prioritise those whose need is greatest. Where means-tested awards are made, schools usually commit to continuing to support a pupil for the duration of his or her education at that school, although parents are required to provide details of any changes in their financial circumstances each year.

Further details are available in the leaflet ‘Meeting the Cost of School Fees’ available here.