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How to apply

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

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 by email what supporting evidence you will need to send once you’ve submitted your application.

Start your application

New NHS Bursary applicants

You'll need to register for an account on the BOSS system before you make an application.  To do this, click on the 'Start your application' link and select 'Register' on the application log-in screen.

Continuing NHS Bursary applicants

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

Do not apply on BOSS if:

  • you’re studying on a Social Work course – go to Social Work Bursaries to apply.
  • you’re applying for a bursary for the first time for a nursing, midwifery or allied professional course. NHS Bursaries are no longer available for new students and you should apply for Student Loan funding instead.
  • you are applying for any of the Learning Support Fund allowances.

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. We are unable to accept personal visits at our Bolton scanning office.

You must:

  • send original documents only
  • make sure your student coversheet is included so we can link your documents to your record
  • write your unique SBA number above the address

You are advised to: 

Post all your supporting documents to:
NHS Student Bursaries
Ridgway House
Northgate Close
Middlebrook
Horwich
Bolton
BL6 6PQ

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 fit all your documents in.

Submitting third-party evidence

If you have been asked to send another person's financial information in support of your NHS Bursary application (such as a parent, partner or civil partner), you should avoid posting third-party evidence separately to your own, this should all be sent to us in one go, where possible. 

If :

  • the person prefers their information to remain confidential, they should put their document(s) in a sealed envelope inside the envelope you send to us.
  •  the third party evidence needs to be returned to a different address from yours, the person must include a covering letter to state this, as well as an addressed 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.