What is the NHS bursary?
A bursary is a form of student financial support, which may be awarded after any applicableassessment, to help you with your day-to-day living costs you incur whilst you are studying. You will receive the total amount awarded, as bursaries are not subject to Income Tax deductions orNational Insurance contributions.
Students receive a bursary each year of their training, normally paid in monthly instalments.
In addition to the standard bursary, other allowances are available including:
- Additional Weeks
- Parents Learning Allowance
- Disabled Students
- Practice Placement Costs
In addition, the NHS will meet the standard tuition fee contribution of £1,255.00 on your behalf. This will be done automatically if you are personally eligible and you take up your place on a NHS-funded
course. You do not need to apply for this.
The NHS bursary; here is a run down of the courses which are eligable for it in some way or another
The ones in RED are those which can recieve a non-income asessed NHS bursary. The ones in Green are eligable for an Income asessed bursary
AUDIOLOGY (BSC / PG DIP / MSC)
CLINICAL MEDICINE (BM B.CH (OXON))
DENTAL HYGIENE (PG DIP / BSC)
DENTAL SURGERY (BDS)
DENTAL THERAPY (PG DIP)
DIETETICS (BSC / PG DIP / MSC)
HEALTH PROFESSIONAL (BSC / PG DIP)
MEDICAL (MBCHB / MBBS / BSC)
MEDICAL INTERCALATION (BSc / MSc)
MEDICINE (M.B.B.CHIR / MBCHB / MBBS)
MIDWIFERY (BA / BHSC / BMID / BSC)
MIDWIFERY (DipHe – existing students only)
NURSING (BA / BN / BSC / MN / MSC)
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY (BSC / PG DIP / MSC / BHSC)
ORTHOPTICS (BSC / B.MED.SC(HONS) / MSC)
OPERATING DEPARTMENT PRATICE (DipHe)
PHYSIOTHERAPY (BSC / MSC / PG DIP)
PROSTHETICS / ORTHOTICS (BSC)
RADIOGRAPHY (BSC / MSC)
RADIOTHERAPY (BSC / PG DIP)
SPEECH & LANGUAGE THERAPY (BSC / MSC / B.MED.SC / MMED.SCI)
Non Income asessed bursarys
This will be the only money you will recieve for the course for 2008/2009 it is:
Parent’s Home £6,531.00
This will be made monthly into your bank account on the third friday of every month.
Your first payment will be a double payment and will cover the first and second month of your course- so be careful and budget appropiately.
New DipHE students will also be eligible for an initial expenses payment, which is a one-off payment of £55, made at the start of your course.
The non-income-assessed bursary provides a flat rate basic maintenance grant. No contribution is required from your income or that of your family for the basic award.
Once recieved an Offer you will be sent a letter from NHSBSA (the student bursary people) with your unique student reference number, you CANNOT apply without it. Once you’ve recieved it download and complete thisform.
If it comes to 6 weeks before you start your course, ring up NHS bursarys on: 0845 358 6655
You should recieve this 1 week before your course starts- if this happens in reality is another question!
Income Asessed Bursary
This means that, where appropriate, your income and that of your parents, your spouse, partner or civil partner, may be taken into account, and the amount of maintenance grant will be reduced in proportion to that income, net of allowable deductions.
Various sources of income – including, for example, your casual earnings while you are a full-time student – are ignored in whole or in part.
Contributions by parents, spouses, partners or civil partners are calculated on the level of their residualincome (normally in the tax year before the start of the academic year) following tax-deductible allowances.
The following table shows typical basic bursary rates for degree level students, based on course duration of 30 weeks:
Basic Bursary Rates 2008/09
In London and you will be
living in student/rented
accommodation or your own
Elsewhere in the UK and
you will be living in student
accommodation or your own
Anywhere in the UK
(including London) and you
will be living with your
parents in their home: £2,287.00
Most health professional students have longer academic years than other students. You can get an allowance for each extra week above a set limit that you attend the course in the academic year if your course will last longer than 30 weeks and 3 days (not including university vacationperiods and this does not apply to non-income asessed students). The weekly amounts applicable for the 2008/09 academic year are as follows:
London rate: £103.00
Elsewhere rate: £80.00
Parental home rate: £53.00
You will also be allowed to apply for a student loan; You may be entitled to a student loan to provide an additional source of income while you study.
You should contact your Local Authority (LA), for information on the type of funding that may be available to you before the course starts.
If you are entitled to a loan, your LA will tell the Student Loans Company the maximum amount to which you are entitled. You can then decide how much
Your LA or the Student Loans Company will be able to give you more detailed advice.
Usually this is the minimum allowance of the maintenance loan- and will be paid back.
I’m a registered practitioner and want to do a post-grad course, can I apply? No.
I’m a seconded student can i apply for extra help? No
I’ve only been in the Uk for a year, can i apply? You need to be a resident for at least 3 years to be eligable; however there are exceptions such as refugee status, EEA national,
I’m from the channel islands and isle of man, am i eligable? Not normally, however the NHSBSA has advised to take up an NHS comissioned training place (google!) and contact your educational institution
When can I apply? You can start applying once you’ve been offered an unconditional/conditional place. Your university will shortly afterwards advise you on applying.
I’m starting in January, what will happen to my money? If you commence a course which starts in either the winter, spring or summer terms (i.e. at any time between the moths of January to July), you will receive a pro rata amount to the end of the standard academic year (that is to 31.08.09).
I’m a current student and there has been a change of circumstances, who do i contact? You must inform student bursaries ASAP In writing.
I’ve dropped out, will i have to pay this bursary back? No as long as you inform them asap. If you tell them a while later you may need to pay back what is owed.
Will they pay my placement expenses? Yes!
For most healthcare students, part of their course will include practice placements, which willinvolve training in hospitals or community health services rather than in a classroom. The cost of journeys between your term-time residence and a practice placement site, which is not part of your college, can be reimbursed where appropriate providing the cost is in excess
of your normal daily travel costs from your term-time residence to your college.
You can claim costs within the UK for travel to and from your placement site involving:
- Public transport (including carriage of luggage and bicycles);
- Essential use of your own motor vehicle (including official passengers who must be named NHS Bursary holders);
- Use of your own bicycle, and;
- Car parking, tolls and ferries
Requirements are you should use the cheapest form or transport available for your journeys, taking full advantage of any free and concessionary schemes.
If you choose to use your own vehicle, you should claim public transport fares if these are lower. If public transport is unavailable or unsuitable for
placement travel, you may use your own motor vehicle. In either case you must get authority, in advance of your placement, from your college to do so. You will also need to get confirmation from your insurers that you have adequate cover for all costs and claims and that no liability is placed on your university or any NHS body, and notify your university accordingly.
– Ok I have missed a fair bit out, ie childcare, dependants allowance etc- however if anyone has any questions about them I am and others are happy to help! I’ve tried to get the relevant points down!
Hope this helps!!!