The NHS student bursary is an extra payment made to students on qualifying NHS funded medical and dental courses, to help with the cost of living expenses while you are studying. An NHS student bursary is not like a student loan, as it does not have to be paid back.
Anyone on a qualifying course, who is eligible under the listed criteria, will be invited to apply for an NHS student bursary, and there are two types of bursaries available to students – an income assessed student bursary and a non-income assessed grant.
Every eligible student on a qualifying course will be able to apply for at least the non-income assessed grant of up to £1000 per year. You may also qualify for an income assessed NHS student bursary of up to £5,460 per year, depending on your income, or the income of your spouse or your parents.
You may also qualify for additional support under the NHS bursary scheme, if you have children and need help with childcare costs, if you are disabled, if you need help with travel and accommodation for work placements, or if your course runs longer than 30 weeks and 3 days in the academic year.
To apply for an NHS bursary, you need to be studying on a qualifying course and be eligible under the residency criteria. The current list of courses that qualify for the student bursary includes courses that lead to professional registration as a:
To qualify for a bursary, you must also meet the residency criteria as outlined by the NHS. You can find full details of the residency criteria by clicking here. The NHS bursary has strict rules regarding residency in the UK, and even excludes residents of the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.
The amount that you get from the scheme depends on the course you are on, the length of your course, where you are studying and your household income.
For example, students in London will receive more from the scheme, while students who live at home with their parents will receive a lower student bursary. Medical and dental students will not be eligible for the NHS student bursary scheme until they have completed four years of their course.
If your total household income is less than £24,279, then you will get the maximum NHS student bursary, with the amount decreasing by approximately £300 for every £2,500 of income above this amount.
Eligible students will be invited to apply for an NHS bursary via a letter approximately six months before their course is due to start. You need to reapply each year in order to maintain your NHS student bursary funding. NHS bursary applications are administered via the Bursary Online Support System (BOSS).