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Financial Assistance

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If your financial circumstances prevent your son from joining Merchiston, you may qualify for financial assistance called a Bursary (means-tested remission on day or boarding fees). 

Equally, if your circumstances change after your son has joined, you may apply for a bursary rather than disrupt his education at a critical time.

Bursaries are awarded from a Bursary fund, a finite ‘pot’ distributed as fairly as possible on a means-tested basis. Because bursaries may provide as much as 100% fee remission, the number and size varies from year to year depending on the circumstances of those applying.

The ultimate obligation to finance school fees lies with you, as parents, so we will only consider financial support in the form of a means-tested Bursary after all other avenues for financing school fees have been exhausted.

Our Sixth Form Award offers up to 75% off annual fees for students entering our Lower Sixth. Applications for entry in 2023 will open in September 2022.

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The benefits of our son receiving financial assistance from Merchiston has meant he has developed academically and advanced in sports in a way that other schools couldn’t offer; smaller class sizes, prep and study support, fantastic facilities and an environment where the boys are encouraged to try new things. We felt no other day independent schools offered the wide range of available sports and educational support and he has developed well both on the sports field and academically.
He has grown into a great young man who takes pride in being part of the School and enjoys the camaraderie.

Current Parent of V Form Pupil

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147 Pupils receive means-test access


Pupils received Bursaries or Scholarships from External Trusts/Charities


means-tested financial assistance awarded