Guidance for universities on NHS and Social Work Bursaries.
Social work bursary
Guides and useful links
Capping guidance for universities
Undergraduate capping guidance
Capping guidance for universities (year 2 undergraduates) (PDF: 498.18KB)
Postgraduate capping guidance
Information to help students
Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs)
View information from the Department of Health and Social Care regarding social work bursary funding in 2022/23, including bursary allocations and rates.
Social Work Bursary forms
Guides for universities
Travel and Dual Accommodation Expenses for NHS Bursary students and universities 2021/22 (PDF: 611KB) NHS Bursary (BUR) forms - Guidance for universities (PDF: 455KB)Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs) (PDF: 1.4MB)
We are not able to accept any old versions of forms.
Make sure we have the right contact details for your university by completing a university/college contact details form (Excel: 120KB).
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.
When completing the NHS Bursary forms that are Excel documents, you must return them to us:
- by email
- with the Excel file attached
We cannot extract the data if you send it in any other format.
All NHS Bursary forms must be returned to nhsbsa.HEIForms@nhs.net when completed.
NHS Bursary Scheme new rules (tenth edition) 2021/22 published by the Department of Health and Social Care.
NHS Learning Support Fund
Guides for universities
Student loan support
Guidance about student loan support for NHS courses for the 2021/22 academic year is available on the Student Finance England website.
NHS Financial Support for Health Students - Learning Support Fund 2021/22 rules are published by the Department of Health and Social Care.
Final year student extensions
If a final year student needs an extension, you must send a request by using your university portal.
Extensions because of coronavirus
Students who need an extension because of coronavirus must be put through the university portal as a change request. The 'effective from date' is the date the extension will start. You'll also need to provide:
- the reason for the extension. For example, if coronavirus has affected whether a student can complete their placement or studies
- expected completion date
confirmation that the student might be able to complete the course on time. You must provide details showing the work done to help the student to complete their course
We can send requests for longer extensions to a DHSC and HEE verification panel. We may need more information as part of this process.
Extensions for reasons other than coronavirus
NHS Learning Support Fund does not provide funding for extensions. This is because this is a supplementary funding provision.
Allowances are only available for the time that it takes to complete the course.
Students might be able to get an extension of up to 12 months for reasons other than coronavirus. We'll assess these applications on a case by case basis.
If you need to submit an extension request for reasons other than coronavirus, you'll need to send a change request through your portal. The 'effective from date' is the date the extension will start. You'll also need to provide:
- the reason for the extension and as much information as possible. For example, disability, maternity, or illness
- the expected completion date
- confirmation that the student might be able to complete the course on time. You must provide details showing the work done to help the student to complete their course
If you have any questions about extensions, contact us by using the queries button in the portal.
Sign up to our contact list for updates on funding.
NHS Learning Support Fund (NHS LSF) university portal
Authorised and registered university staff users can access the NHS LSF university portal by entering their email address and password.
Our toolkit has been developed for staff, careers advisers, programme administrators and other professionals who work in education or with students.
If there’s anything else you'd find useful, email us: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posters and infographic
These posters can be printed A4 or A3 size. Select 'fit to page' in your print settings, to make sure your margins are correct.
Student coversheet poster (PDF: 1.2MB)Fraud Poster - Spot it. Report it (PDF: 688KB)Fraud Poster - Bring it to light (PDF: 672KB)Find more information about 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 to display in your university or college.
To get copies, contact us by telephone: 0300 123 0849.
You can find out more information about help with health costs for students and people on a low income.
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.
NHS Learning Support Fund Toolkit
All the latest materials relating to the NHS Learning Support Fund for the 2020/21 academic year are now available.
The materials below are relevant to the 2019/20 academic year.
Child Dependants Allowance (CDA):
Travel and Dual Accommodation Expenses Allowance (TDAE):
Exceptional Support Fund:
More information is available on the government’s website for: