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When you'll get your bursary

New NHS Bursary applicants (Medical and dental students only)

If you are eligible, your first bursary payment will be credited to your bank account within 10 working days, providing your application was submitted within the published deadlines.

Continuing NHS Bursary applicants

Payments will continue to be made into your bank account on the third Friday of each month provided you remain eligible and you have met the application deadlines.

Applications submitted after the deadline

If you miss your application window deadline, we'll assess your application as quickly as possible (within 35 working days) but there may be a delay to your payments.

Any back payments that you’re owed will be made on the next available payment run.  These take place on a weekly basis to ensure students receive their bursary payments as soon as possible.

In all cases, NHS Bursary applications, including any requested supporting documentation, must be submitted within nine months of the first date of your academic year at the latest.

View your payments

You can view your bursary entitlement and payment dates for the academic year in the 'Payment' section of your BOSS account.

Timescales for processing your NHS Bursary

Bursary and Childcare Allowance applications

We aim to assess your application(s) within:

  • 25 working days of receiving all your supporting evidence if you met the application deadline
  • 35 working days if you did not meet your application window deadline.

Change in circumstances

If you have a change in your circumstances that may affect the amount of bursary you receive you should complete a Change of Circumstances application within one month of the change occurring. You can find this form in your BOSS account.

We aim to process these and update your account within 25 working days.

Practice Placement Expenses (PPE) claims

We aim to pay PPE claims within 25 working days following receipt of a validated claim from your university.

Disabled Students Allowances (DSAs)

We aim to pay these allowances within 20 working days of receiving your application and  supporting evidence.