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Apply for a bursary

There are a number of steps you need to go through before you can apply for a bursary. Please have a look at all the guidance given in each step.

Our bursary calculators are in step 1.

1. Check your eligibility and what you could get

We have three different bursary calculators:

  1.  Personal Eligibility Calculator lets you know if you're eligible
  2.  Student Status Calculator tells you if your status will be independent or dependent (you need to know this when you apply).
  3. Award Estimate Calculator gives an estimate of how much you're entitled to.

The calculators should only be used as a guide. Until we have your application form and supporting documents, we can't confirm your eligibility or how much help you'll get.

Help with childcare costs

Students who are in receipt of, or who will be applying for, an NHS bursary can also apply for further financial help if they have to pay for registered childcare whilst they are attending their course.

Help with childcare costs for NHS bursary students 2016/17 (PDF: 948KB) provides a detailed overview of the Childcare Allowance, including how the allowance is calculated, the rates and how to apply.

Disabled Students Allowances (DSA)

Our booklet below gives an overview of the different elements of the DSAs that students could be entitled to, the rates and how to apply.

NHS bursary student's guide to Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs) 2016/17 (671KB)

Practice Placement Expenses

Our guide to completing your PPE claim form (PDF: 918KB) gives you instructions on what you need to do to claim travel and / or accommodation expenses incurred while on a practice placement.

2. Look at the help and guidance


We know there's a lot of information to take in when you apply for your NHS bursary. Have a look at our guides which explain what you should know before, during and after you apply and the different financial help available to you.

A guide to completing your PPE claim (918KB)

Help with childcare costs for NHS bursary students 2016/17 (948KB)

NHS bursary student's guide to disabled students allowances (DSAs) 2016/17 (671KB)


We've produced a short YouTube videos to help you with the application process:


3. Check the application deadlines

It’s important that you apply for your NHS bursary within the right application window so your payments are set up ready for the start of your academic year. 

In all cases, we must receive your bursary application, including all your supporting information, within six months of the first date of your academic year.

When you should apply

Continuing students invite process - Autumn 2017 (non medical/dental students)

What type of student are you? Date we will email your invite to apply Make your online application and post all your supporting evidence by

Fees only (income not declared). Your parent/s (if you are dependent) or spouse/civil partner (if you are independent) chose not to declare their income for your 2016/17 application.

21-22 February 2017 7 April 2017
Fees only (income declared). Your parent/s' (if you are dependent) or spouse/civil partner's (if you are independent) income resulted in a £0.00 bursary for 2016/17 and you commenced the first year of your course on or after 1 September 2012. 21-22 February 2017 7 April 2017
Single, independent students. You are a single student (not married or living with a partner) and you are classed as independent and you are not in receipt of any additional allowances. 7 March 2017 14 April 2017
Dependants Allowance. You applied for Dependants Allowance for the 2016/17 academic year (even if you were not awarded it) and did not apply for Childcare Allowance. 4 April 2017 12 May 2017
Childcare Allowance. You applied for Childcare Allowance in the 2016/17 academic year (even if you were not awarded it). 4 April 2017 12 May 2017
All other. You do not fall into any category listed above. 10-11 April 2017 16 June 2017


4. Apply

To reapply for a bursary you need to complete an application form on the Bursary Online Support System (BOSS):

The application form:

  • will take about 30-45 minutes to complete
  • doesn’t need to be completed in one session

We’ll let you know what supporting evidence you may need to submit once you’ve completed your application.

Start your application

You don't need to create a new BOSS account when you reapply for your bursary. Simply log in to your existing account and follow the steps.

Log in to BOSS

Our guide to completing your application should help you:

Completing your NHS bursary application: a step by step guide to BOSS (1.02MB)

Don’t apply on BOSS if:

  • you’re studying on a Social Work course – go to Social Work Bursaries to apply. NB Social work students on a joint discipline course for example, combined with Nursing, can still apply through BOSS.
  • you’re applying for a bursary for a nursing, midwifery or allied professional course outside of England.
  • you haven’t checked your eligibility. Different rules apply to medical / dental students depending on where you're studying.

5. Send your supporting information

After you have submitted your application on BOSS, we’ll email you to tell you what supporting evidence you need to send us.

Please send us everything via post in one envelope if possible. We don’t accept walk-ins at the scanning office.

You must:

Delays in scanning your documents and assessing your application will happen if you don’t.

Consider using Special Delivery so you can track your documents.

Send all your supporting documents to:

NHS Student Bursaries
Ridgway House
Northgate Close

Protecting your documents

  • Always strengthen the seal of your envelope with tape so none of the documents are damaged or lost
  • Make sure your return envelope is large enough to comfortably fit all your documents in.

Submitting another person's evidence

  • If the person would prefer their information remains confidential, they can put the document in a sealed envelope inside the envelope you send.
  • Please avoid sending another person’s evidence separately to your own.
  • If their document needs to be returned to a different address, they must include a covering letter to state this, and a return envelope with the correct postage paid.

Returning to a non –UK address

  • You must include a prepaid envelope to cover the costs of returning your documents to you.
  • We cannot accept cheques or cash to cover any postage costs.

We aim to return all your supporting evidence documentation to you within 15 working days from it being scanned.

What happens next

We aim to respond to your application within 25 working days.

When we'll process your application

Bursary applications
We aim to assess your bursary application within:

  • 25 working days of receiving all your supporting evidence if you met the application deadline
  • 35 working days if you did not meet your application window deadline.

Dependants Allowance and Childcare Allowance
We aim to assess these applications within:

  • 25 working days if you apply separately, at a later date, from your bursary application.
  • 25-35 working days if you apply at the same time as your application

Childcare Allowance Reconciliation
If you have been awarded a Childcare Allowance we will reconcile your childcare costs quarterly. You will need to complete and return the correct form(s) together with your coversheet and any supporting evidence by the deadline you are given.

You will be contacted by a member of the team regarding reconciliation.

Change in circumstances
We aim to process these and update your account within 25 working days.

Practice Placement Expenses (PPE) claims
We aim to pay PPE claims within 30 working days following receipt of a validated claim from a university.

Disabled Students Allowance (DSA)
We aim to pay these allowances within 20 working days of receiving the application and all requested supporting evidence.

When you'll get your bursary

Your bursary payment will go into your bank account details within 10 working days after we have received notification from your university that you have enrolled on your course and attended your first day.

Payments are made into your bank account monthly on the third Friday of each month.

You'll be able to have a look at your bursary entitlement for the academic year in the Payment Section of your BOSS account.

For applications submitted after the deadline

If you miss your application window deadline or you’re a student who goes through the clearing process, we'll assess your application as quickly as possible (within 35 working days) but there may be a delay to your payments.

Any back payments that you’re owed will be made on the next available payment run so your overall annual bursary entitlement will not be affected.

We must receive your bursary application, including all your supporting information, within six months of the first date of your academic year.