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What you could get

Means-tested bursary

The amount of means-tested bursary you could receive will depends on:

  • where you live during term time
  • the length of your academic year
  • your unearned income during the academic year, if any
  • the income of your parent(s), spouse, civil partner or partner, where applicable

The current maximum means-tested bursary rates for full-time students are:

  • up to £2,207 if you’re living with parents
  • up to £3,191 if you’re studying in London
  • up to £2,643 if you’re studying outside of London

Extra Weeks Allowance

If your course runs for more than 30 weeks and 3 days in the academic year excluding vacation periods, you may also be entitled to Extra Weeks Allowance.

The current maximum rates are:

  • up to £56 per additional week if you’re living with your parents
  • up to £108 per additional week if you’re studying in London
  • up to £84 per additional week if you’re studying outside of London

If you have to attend your course for 45 weeks or more in an academic year, Extra Weeks Allowance will automatically be awarded for the maximum 52 weeks .

Extra Weeks Allowance is assessed as part of the means-tested bursary. The amount you receive will depend on your circumstances. You may not receive the maximum amount.

See our help and guidance for more information on how the means-tested bursary is assessed.

Non-means tested (NMT) grant

If you’re an eligible full-time student you can apply for a £1,000 per academic year non-means tested (NMT) grant.

It’s awarded automatically to all eligible full-time students, apart from those who have been awarded EU tuition fees only status.
If you’re applying for the NMT Grant only, you don’t need to declare income or complete the additional sections in your BOSS application.

Extra financial help

As well as the NHS bursary, there's extra 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 help towards the cost. This is known as the Childcare Allowance.

Childcare Allowance is an additional means of help towards paying for your childcare costs whilst you are in training.  It pays up to 85% of your weekly costs, to set maximum amounts, depending how many children you have in childcare during your academic year. 

Further information about this allowance is available in our guidance booklet:Help with Childcare Costs for NHS Bursary Students (PDF: 889KB)

Childcare costs due to coronavirus

If your childcare provision is suspended temporarily and you incur costs for periods where childcare is not provided, you may be able to claim a refund through the NHS Bursary.

You must be able to show that the childcare provider did not agree to waive the costs.

ou should submit your childcare reconciliation forms for these periods as normal, along with:

  • a signed and dated copy of your childcare provider’s contract

Claims will be looked at on a case by case basis.

Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs)

Our guide to Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs) (PDF 1.43MB) gives detailed guidance on the different elements of DSAs that students could be entitled to, the applicable rates and what type of assistance may be available under this allowance.

Travel and Dual Accommodation Expenses (TDAE)

Our guide to TDAE for NHS Bursary students (PDF: 460KB) gives you instructions on what you need to do to claim excess travel and / or accommodation expenses that you may have incurred whilst attending a practice placement.

Temporary placement accommodation costs - if your practice placement is cancelled due to coronavirus

If your practice placement is cancelled and you’re unable to claim a refund from your placement accommodation provider for advance payments you’ve made, you may be able to claim through the NHS Bursary.

If your placement is overseas, you may still be able to claim for visa, vaccination and medical insurance costs.

Your claim should be endorsed by your university.

You should submit your claim form as normal, along with:

  • the accommodation provider’s cancellation policy
  • receipts for the accommodation advance payments you’ve made
  • a covering letter from your university with the date the placement was cancelled

Claims will be looked at on a case by case basis.