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How to apply

Find out how to apply for your bursary and how to send your supporting information.

To apply or reapply 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 will need to submit once you’ve submitted your application.

Start your application

You don't need to create a new BOSS account when you reapply for your bursary. Log in to your existing account and follow the steps.

Log in to BOSS

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.
  • you are applying for any of the Learning Support Fund allowances and you are not a student attending an eligible part-time programme.

Don't forget to have a look at our help and guidance section to assist when completing your applications.

Sending your supporting evidence

After you have submitted your application on BOSS, we’ll email you to tell you what supporting evidence you need to send us.

All documentation must be sent by post. Send us everything in one envelope if possible.

Don’t accept walk-ins at the scanning office.

You must:

  • send original documents only
  • make sure your student coversheet is included so we can link your documents to your record
  • 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

You may wish to 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.
  • 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 documents 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.

We aim to return all your supporting evidence documentation to you within 15 working days from the date it is scanned to our system.