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Guides and toolkit

Guides and useful links

Our guides are there to help you administer NHS and social work bursaries.

NHS student bursary 

Guides for universities

University guide to NHS bursary forms (622.37KB)
University guide to practice placement expenses (PPE) for NHS Bursary students 2017/18 (788.19KB)
University guide to NHS bursary and tuition fee payments for medical and dental students (897KB)

Disabled students allowances (DSAs) 2016 (671KB)

Submitting bursary forms

Have a look at the university's guide to NHS bursary forms (PDF: 622.37KB) to find out which forms need submitting and in what circumstances.

If you don’t have a copy of the latest version, please email to request one. It is important that you don’t use out of date forms.

We are not able to accept any old versions of forms.

Please make sure we have the correct contact details for your university by completing a university/college contact details form (Excel: 120KB) now.

Following your feedback, most of the NHS Bursary forms are in Excel format, are not academic year specific and have clear guidance on what information needs to be captured.

Important: When completing the NHS Bursary forms that are Excel documents, you must return them to us via email with the Excel file attached. We cannot extract the data if you send it in any other format e.g. a PDF file or pasted into the email body.

All NHS Bursary forms must be returned to when completed. 

Learning Support Fund

Guides for universities

Learning Support Fund Guidance Booklet 2017/18

New student flyer (April 2017) (167KB)

Student Finance England new student flyer (April 2017) (83KB)

Student Finance England have put together their Practitioner's Guides for Healthcare students for the 2017/18 academic year. You can find the guides on their website by clicking the links below:

Funding for students (courses before 1 August 2017)

Funding for students (courses on or after 1 August 2017)



NHS Student Bursary

Below you will find the latest Bursary Scheme released by the Department of Health.

For students who started their course before September 2012 you can view the NHS Bursary Scheme Old Rules (Seventeenth Edition) on

For students who started their course after September 2012:

NHS Bursary Scheme New Rules (Sixth Edition) 2017/18

For students starting on Postgraduate, Dental Hygiene, Dental Therapy or some capped part-time courses on or after 1 August 2017:

NHS Financial Support for Health Students - Transitional Arrangements 2017-18

Learning Support Fund

Below you will find the latest financial support policies from the Department of Health relating to the Learning Support Fund.

NHS Financial Support for Health Students - Learning Support Fund 2017/18


Social Work Bursary

Please find below the approved policy for Social Work Bursaries for 2017/18 from the Department of Health.

Social Work Bursary Policy 2017 - Information for HEIs and Students

Bursary forms


Our toolkit has been developed to be used by staff, careers advisors, programme administrators and other professionals who work in education or with students.  

If there’s anything else you would find useful, please email us on to let us know.

Posters and infographic

These posters can be printed A4 or A3 size.

Remember to select 'fit to page' in your print settings, to ensure your margins are correct.

Student coversheet poster Fraud Poster - Spot it. Report it.

Fraud Poster - Bring it to lightYou can find more materials regarding reporting fraud in the NHS at the NHS Counter Fraud Authority website.

These posters provide advice and information on how students can save money on NHS charges.

They’re available free of charge to display in your university or college. Telephone: 0300 123 0849 to get copies.NHS Low Income Scheme poster (HC10) 

Prescription Prepayment Certificate Poster for Students

Prescription Prepayment Certificate Leaflet for Students

You can find out more information about help with health costs for students and people on low income by visiting their website.


These leaflets can be printed A4 or A3 size. They've been produced with your open days in mind so you can provide prospective or current students with an overview of NHS student bursaries and social work bursaries.

Social Work Bursaries leaflet

Fraud awareness leaflet

Postgraduate, Dental Hygiene, Dental Therapy students - Apply now!

Student Services - what we do


Learning Support Fund Toolkit

Here you will find all the latest materials relating to the Learning Support Fund.

LSF - Funding guidance flowchart

Learning Support Fund information flyer

We have produced a powerpoint presentation for you to use for training purposes for staff and/or providing information to students:

HEI LSF Presentation November 2017

Child Dependants Allowance (CDA):

Travel and Dual Accommodation Expenses Allowance (TDAE):

Exceptional Support Fund:

You can access our Learning Support Fund Guidance Video on our YouTube channel.


Additional information

More information is available on the government’s website for:

ESG consultation

Social work bursary information packs