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 two different bursary calculators:
- Student Status Calculator tells you if your status will be independent or dependent (you need to know this when you apply).
- 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.
The Help with childcare costs for NHS bursary students 2016/17 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.
Practice Placement Expenses
Our step by step guide to completing your PPE claim form 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.
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
Non-medical / dental students
|When your course starts||When you need to apply by|
|March 2017||27 January 2017|
|April 2017||24 February 2017|
|May 2017||31 March 2017|
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.
Our guide to completing your application should help you:
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.
- send us original documents only
- make sure your student coversheet is included
- include a pre-paid SAE envelope (so we can return your documents to you – even if this is outside of the UK )
- write your unique SBA number above the address
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
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
When we'll process your application
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 nine months of the first date of your academic year.