Apply for a grant
To help meet various financial pressures throughout students’ academic careers, the ICAS Foundation has a small number of grants available to those studying accountancy or finance.
ICAS Foundation Grants are not hardship grants so should not be viewed as a solution to a short-term cash-flow problem. They are specific grants available for specific purposes and the ICAS Foundation Trustees can take up to six weeks to consider an application, therefore it is important to get any application you wish to submit to us as soon as possible.
Are You Eligible?
If you are a recipient (or will receive) a Scottish Government Young Students Bursary, you are eligible to apply for a grant from the ICAS Foundation, provided you intend to or are studying an accountancy or finance course at university.
If you can answer yes to these questions you are eligible to apply for an ICAS Foundation Grant:
- Have you applied, intend to apply or are currently studying an undergraduate course in accountancy or finance course at university?
- Is your parental/guardian income under £34,000?
- Will you receive Young Student Bursary from the Scottish Government?
If the answer is yes to all of the above then you are eligible to apply for an ICAS Foundation Grant.
How to apply for a grant
The application form for all ICAS Foundation Grants can be downloaded here
Types of grant available
The following grants are available. Please refer to the application form, ensuring you meet the eligibility criteria and make your selection.
- Making a difference grant – this grant could be used by students in the final year of study to alleviate the need to undertake paid employment. This would enable the student to concentrate on their studies which would result in a better degree award. For the ‘Making a Difference’ grant, an academic reference is required. The reference form is available here.
- Course progression grant – this grant could be used particularly around exams and coursework submission dates, that students would benefit from spending more time studying instead of for example, part-time working or looking after children.
- Career support & progression grant – this grant could be used to attend interviews for summer placements or employment on graduation. In particular, interviews that don't cover some or all of the expenses getting to and from interview location can be a problem. It may be the case that students need more appropriate interview clothing.
- Change in circumstances grant – changes in family circumstances could result in a student finding their place at university in jeopardy due to the financial support expected from their parents or guardians no longer being met. This grant could offer vital bridging financial support allowing recipients to remain on their course.
- Study materials grant – students on relevant courses may use this grant for help with purchasing books required for studying or towards the cost of a new computer where it was shown to be totally essential to be successful in their studies. Other study support materials will also be considered.