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Medical and Dental students

Find all the information you need to be able to apply for funding support for your course.

If you are eligible to apply for funding from NHSBSA please make sure you have read through the guidance on this page. We do not send out personal invites to students to apply for funding. You should read the information contained in 'Check your eligibility and application windows' below to ensure you apply at the right time for when your course starts.  

When applications can be made

Students on medical and dental courses are able to apply for a bursary in the later years of their course.

  • Undergraduate students on a five or six year course can apply from their fifth year
  • Accelerated graduate course students on a three or four year course can apply from their second year

Please note we don't send out personal invites to remind students to apply for funding so please check the application deadlines carefully to make sure you apply at the right time.

You can find out detailed information about bursaries in the NHS Bursary Scheme Rules.  

Check your eligibility and application deadlines

If you're thinking of applying for an NHS Bursary funded place, there are a few things you can do in advance to save you time when completing the forms later on. Applications must be made within six months of the start of the academic year, however we encourage students to apply for their bursary before 1 December to facilitate the payment of their fees.

Checking eligibility

We have a range of calculators which will provide a guide to how much you may be entitled to.

  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.

Application windows

All new students should check the tables below for when to submit applications and all requested supporting evidence.

If you meet your application window deadline you will have your application assessed and your first NHS Bursary payment released to your bank account within 10 working days after we receive and process the notification from your university that you have enrolled on your course and attended your first day.

Once your application is approved, your bursary entitlement for the forthcoming academic year will be available to view in the Payment Schedule of your BOSS account.

If you do miss your application window deadline or you are a student who goes through the clearing process, we will 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 are owed will be made on the next available payment run so your overall annual bursary entitlement will not be affected. You must still make your application, and we must receive all your supporting evidence, before the six month deadline though.

Application windows - Summer Autumn 2017, new Medical/Dental students
Date your course begins Date you can apply from Date you need to have submitted your application and all supporting evidence by
June 2017 6 March 2017 28 April 2017
July 2017 6 March 2017 26 May 2017
August 2017 6 March 2017 30 June 2017
September 2017 6 March 2017 28 July 2017
October 2017 6 March 2017 25 August 2017


Intercalating years at bachelors or masters level (but not PhD) can be counted towards the qualifying period for NHS Bursary support. If intercalation takes place in the first four years of the undergraduate programme, you can transfer to NHS support in course year five (and beyond for six year courses) which could, in effect, be the fourth or earlier year of the medical or dental course.

If you are intercalating in your fifth year of study you are also eligible to apply for NHS Bursary support, and, if your application is accepted, will receive a bursary for the remaining years of the course as well as the intercalation year.


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.

Guide to NHS student bursaries 2016/17 (1.62MB)


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

Have a read over the guidance on how to create your own BOSS account.


To apply 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

New students - create a BOSS account

Our guide to completing your application should help you:

A step-by-step guide to completing your application on 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.

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:

  • 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. We will return all your evidence within 15 working days of it being scanned.

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.

Applying for Additional Allowances

There are additional allowances available which you may be eligible to apply for depending on your circumstances.

  • Extra Weeks Allowance – this is for courses of more than 30 weeks duration in the academic year
  • Dependants Allowance – for students who have a child or children or adult who is/are wholly or mainly financially dependent on them
  • Parent Learning Allowance – for students who have dependent children
  • Childcare Allowance – to help meet the cost of childcare whilst the student is attending their course.
  • Practice Placement Expenses (PPE) – reimbursement of some travel and accommodation costs associated with attending a compulsory placement
  • Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs) – help towards the cost of attending a course of study for students with a disability or specific learning disability.

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 nine months of the first date of your academic year.