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NHS Bursary students: coronavirus (COVID-19)

This information explains the measures put in place because of coronavirus (COVID-19) for:

  • medical and dental students
  • remaining nursing, midwifery, and Allied Health Profession (AHP) students receiving an NHS Bursary

During the COVID-19 response period:

  • we'll pay your bursary as normal
  • you should continue to apply for funding

Payments during school closures

We’ll pay your bursary as normal. Eligible students should continue to apply for payments.

Identifying as a key worker

If you’re attending a clinical healthcare course, you’re able to self-identify as a key worker. This is because you’re contributing to the national COVID-19 response.

During the COVID-19 crisis, we’ll pay your bursary until the end of your academic year. This is regardless of whether you’ve opted in or out of working in the NHS.

You can view your remaining bursary payments in your NHS Bursary account. We’ll continue to update this.

Extending your study period

Your university must send us a BUR102 extension from at the start of the extension period.

We calculate bursary payments on:

  • the period of extension
  • information from student applications submitted in the 2019/2020 academic year

Reapplying for your NHS Bursary

You need to reapply if you’ve chosen not to work in the NHS, and are not a final year student studying any of the following courses:

  • medical
  • dental
  • nursing
  • midwifery
  • AHP student

You should apply by 31 July to guarantee payment for a September start.

You have 9 months from the day that you start your course to send your bursary application to us.

This information may change at any time.

We’re working with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to review this information and will keep you updated.

NHS Bursary payments in the COVID-19 crisis

Final year students graduating early to work in the NHS

We'll pay your bursary for the rest of the academic year. Your payments will stop after your academic year has finished.

If you're a frontline worker, your salary will not affect your bursary payments.

You can view your payments in your NHS Bursary account.

Students on maternity leave

We'll pay your bursary for the rest of the academic year. Your payments will stop after your academic year has finished.

You can view your payments in your NHS Bursary account.

For payments after your academic year, you need to reapply for your NHS Bursary as soon as possible.

Students who have chosen not to work on the frontline

We'll pay your bursary for the rest of the academic year. Your payments will stop after your academic year has finished.

You can view your payments in your NHS Bursary account.

We'll update you about universities remaining closed or reopening.

We encourage you to reapply for your 2020/2021 NHS Bursary earlier to avoid any delays.

Extensions to complete clinical placements

Your university will need to ask for an extension if your clinical placement was cancelled or paused.

You also need an extension if you could not attend because of a COVID-19 related issue. For example, childcare or illness.

Your university can ask for an extension by submitting a BUR102 form at the point the extension starts.

Extensions will be paid for the period required.

Claiming for extra costs

Claiming for accommodation costs after cancelled placements

You need to complete your claim form online and email it to us. Include any relevant evidence. 

We've contacted all universities to let them know of the revised system for sending TDAE claims to us.

If you paid for your accommodation in advance, you may get money back from NHS Bursary. This is only if you cannot get a refund from your accommodation provider.

We may also repay you for:

  • vaccinations 
  • visas
  • medical insurance costs relating to overseas placements

You should submit your claim forms as normal and include:

  • evidence that your university have approved your forms
  • the accommodation cancellation policy from your provider
  • supporting receipts for any advanced payments you've made

Your university must send a covering letter and include the date your placement was cancelled. This also applies to travel season tickets and Oyster card payments. We review claims on a case by case basis.

Claiming for the costs of suspended childcare provision

You can claim back childcare costs that your childcare provider had to suspend because of COVID-19 if the costs were not waived.

To claim, submit a childcare reconciliation form and include a copy of the childcare provider's signed and dated contract.

We review claims on a case by case basis.

Claiming for travel expenses whilst volunteering to support the NHS

You can claim back travel expenses if you:

  • are a student
  • volunteered to help the NHS in the COVID-19 crisis

You must claim through the NHS volunteering scheme and not through NHS Bursary.

Claiming Travel and Dual Accommodation Expenses (TDAE) from practice placements

If you're a medical or dental student and have chosen not to work on the frontline, you can still claim TDAE. The eligibility criteria is the same as if you were attending a clinical placement.

If you spent money on extra travel and accommodation costs because of COVID-19, we'll consider your application on a case by case basis.