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Guides and toolkit

Change of circumstances

It's important that you provide us with details of any changes to a student's circumstances, including interruptions to study, as soon as possible to avoid possible overpayments. 

Guidance for universities on NHS and Social Work Bursaries.

Social work bursary

Guides and useful links


View information from the Department of Health and Social Care regarding social work bursary funding in 2023-24, including bursary allocations and rates.

NHS Bursary

Guides for universities

Travel and Dual Accommodation Expenses for NHS Bursary students and universities 2022-23 (PDF: 611KB)NHS Bursary (BUR) forms - Guidance for universities (PDF: 455KB)NHS Bursary funding for Medical and Dental students 2023-24 (PDF: 1.98MB)

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 or 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 when completed.


NHS Bursary Scheme new rules 2023-24 published by the Department of Health and Social Care. 

NHS Learning Support Fund

Guides for universities


NHS Financial Support for Health Students - Learning Support Fund 2023-24 rules are published by the Department of Health and Social Care.

Additional NHS LSF funding

The NHS Learning Support Fund does not automatically provide additional funding beyond the student’s normal course duration as it is intended only as supplementary funding to mainstream student loans. NHS LSF allowances are generally only available for the time that it normally takes a student to complete their course.  

However, in cases where exceptional or mitigating circumstances apply and the student requires additional financial support from the NHS LSF due to matters beyond their control, such as ill health, disability, or bereavement, additional NHS LSF payment will be considered by NHSBSA Student Services. 

Requests for students who require additional NHS LSF payment(s) must be submitted through the NHS LSF university portal as a course change request.  

Circumstances where further funding will not be considered 

HEIs should not submit a course change request for additional funding if only the following circumstances apply:

  • Academic failure - where academic failure applies with no other mitigating circumstances.
  • COVID-19 - this will no longer be accepted as a reason for additional funding on its own.


If you have any questions regarding additional funding, contact us through 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.

HEI Portal Guide (PDF: 1.09MB)


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:

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 are available to display in your university or college.

To get copies, contact us by telephone: 0300 123 0849.

Find out about call charges

NHS Low Income Scheme poster (HC10) (PDF: 26KB)Prescription Prepayment Certificate Poster for Students (PDF: 237KB)

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.

Social Work Bursaries leaflet (PDF: 223KB)Fraud awareness leaflet (PDF: 672KB)Student Services - what we do (PDF: 250KB)

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):

Student Journey (PDF: 951KB)HEI Journey (PDF: 953KB)CDA Poster (PDF: 31KB)

​​​Travel and Dual Accommodation Expenses Allowance (TDAE):

Student Journey (PDF: 982KB)HEI Journey (PDF: 997KB)TDAE Poster (PDF: 30KB)Completing your TDAE claim (PDF: 3.6MB)

Exceptional Support Fund:

Student Journey (PDF: 964KB)HEI Journey (PDF: 963KB)ESF Poster (PDF: 30KB)Completing your ESF claim (PDF: 666KB)

Additional information

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

ESG consultationSocial work bursary information packs