Student Bursaries



Welcome to the NHS Student Bursaries Website

NHS Student Bursaries is a service supplied by the NHS Business Services Authority.  We award and pay bursaries to students on pre-registration health professional training courses according to the NHS Bursary Scheme as published by the Department of Health.

If you are thinking of taking up (or are already enrolled on) a qualifying training course, you’ll find information on this site about who can apply for an NHS bursary and how to apply. 

We take bursary fraud very seriously. Please read more here: NHS Student Bursary Fraud.

Our bursary calculators will tell you if you are eligible to apply, what your personal "status" will be and provide you an estimate of what you could receive in a basic award as well as any potential additional allowances. The calculators should only be used as a guide. We cannot confirm your eligibility or award entitlement until we have received and assessed your online application (through the Bursary Online Support System (BOSS) and all of your supporting evidence, if requested.

Please go to the left hand navigation to access the information that you need.

On our website you will find the answers on the Frequently Asked Questions page to the most common questions we are asked from what you should know before, during and after you apply for a bursary or a change in circumstance to what to do if you experience any technical difficulties with the Bursary Online Support System (BOSS).

If you do have any queries, you can also try our “Ask Us” service where you can find the answers to your queries 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you still cannot find the answer you are looking for, please Contact Us.

Our Contact Details page also provides you with details on how to get in touch other useful external organisations.

Detailed guidance on all aspects of NHS bursary support can be found in the relevant Financial Help for Healthcare Students booklet. The booklet is updated annually from information released by the Department of Health. It contains useful information for all existing and prospective NHS students.

Please read our end of year report for the financial year 2012/13.

Please read our end of year report for the academic year 2012/13.

Please read our Student Services Annual Report 2013/14.

 Important Notice

If you are eligible to apply for an NHS bursary but believe you will be awarded £0 bursary after income assessment due to, for example, your household income being over the threshold, you must still make an application in order for us to pay the standard course tuition fees contribution.

If your parent(s), spouse or partner do not wish to declare their income, to save time, they should answer "no" to this question on the online form. This means you will receive a "fees only bursary" and you will not be entitled to any income assessed bursary additional allowances e.g. childcare.

If you opt for this fees only bursary, the NHS will meet the standard tuition fee contribution on your behalf. We will pay your course tuition fees directly to your Local Education and Training Board (LETB). For medical/dental students we will pay the standard course tuition fee contribution directly to your university.

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