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Check your eligibility and what you could get

We have 3 different bursary calculators available:

  1. Personal Eligibility Calculator - lets you know if you're eligible, this is applicable to medical and dental students applying for a bursary for the first time
  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.

We can’t confirm how much help you’ll get until we have received your application form and supporting information.

As well as the NHS bursary, there is additional financial help you can apply for.

Help with childcare costs

If you pay for registered childcare while you attend your course, you can apply for financial help towards the cost. This is called Childcare Allowance.

The allowance is intended as an additional means of help towards childcare costs but it will not normally cover all of your costs.

We're currently updating our guidance for the 2018/19 academic year, please check back soon for the latest guide. 

Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs)

Our guide to Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs) 2018/19 gives an overview of the different elements of the DSAs that students could be entitled to, the maximum rates and how to apply.

Practice Placement Expenses

All healthcare students are expected to attend practice placements as part of their course.

Our step by step guide to completing your PPE claim form gives you instructions on what you need to do to claim excess travel and / or accommodation expenses incurred while on a practice placement.

You can find out specific information for your course type below.

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

  • Students on a 5 or 6 year undergraduate course can apply from their 5th year of study
  • Students on a 3 or 4 year graduate entry course can apply from their 2nd year of study

We do not send out personal invitations to remind students to apply for funding. 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.  


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 4 years of the undergraduate programme, you can transfer to NHS support in study year 5 (and beyond for 6 year courses) which could, in effect, be the 4th or earlier year of the medical or dental course.

If you're intercalating in your 5th year of study you're 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.

You are a transitional arrangement student if you are studying on an eligible postgraduate course, part time course, dental therapy course or dental hygiene course which started between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018.

If you're a new student starting one of these courses on or after 1 August 2018, see the update regarding funding for these courses.