What does NHS Bursary do?
NHS Bursary is an annual payment which is paid monthly to students to cover their daily needs. This kind of service is applicable only for students. Bursaries are payments that not only cover the cost of living of the student but also cover the costs of tuition.
Bursaries pay the amount of tuition fee directly to the university. In other words, the student only receives the amount of money required to cover the student’s living and daily expenses. Such payments are subject to taxation and Insurance deductions.
What types of bursary are there?
Various expenses and elements are offered to the students. Here is a list of bursaries that are applicable only for those courses that commenced after 1st September 2007 but not after 1st September 2012:
- Tuition Fees
- Basic Awards: These are used to cover the student’s expenses.
- Dependence awards:This includes the sum or amount of money provided to the student for those who are partially or completely dependent on the student.
- Parents Learning Allowance (PLA): This covers the amount of money paid to the student to cover the expenses of a child partially or wholly dependent on the student.
- Childcare Allowance (CCA): This amount of money is offered to the student to cover the cost of child-welfare when the student opts to choose services offered by a registered childcare provider.
- Disabled Students Allowance (DSA): Amount offered to the student to cover the costs of training due to a disability.
- Practice Placement Expenses (PPE): Some students are allowed to reclaim the money spent on placement practices.
If the course of the student commences after September 1st, 2012, then with the addition to the above-mentioned grants or awards, the student is also entitled to the following:
- Non Means Tested (NMT) Grant: This amount is offered to the student and is not taxable. An amount of £1,000 is provided to full-time students and pro-rata part-time students.
Additionally, if a medical or dental student has exhausted all of their means of financial help, then the student is eligible for the NHS Hardship Grant.
Who is eligible for NHS Bursary grants?
Students are eligible for NHS bursary grants and awards. However, such students should be eligible for these grants. Here is a link that will help you to ascertain if you are eligible or not:
Does location have a part to play for NHS Bursaries?
The location has a lot to do with being eligible for such grants. If you are not a resident of the UK, then you must have lived for three years up to the beginning of your academic year in any one of the following locations:
- the Channel Islands,
- any place in the UK or
- Isle of Man
If you are a resident of the UK but do not live in England, then you are eligible for the NHS grants for only universities in England. However, if you are a resident of England and are studying medicine or are pursuing a dental course, then you can apply for the scheme for any university in the UK.
The procedure for Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland are different. Please have a look at the eligibility criteria if you belong to any of those areas.
Where to apply for NHS Bursary?
If a student is interested in applying for the NHS Bursary scheme, then such student must first create an account on the Bursary Online Support System (BOSS) on the NHS Bursary Scheme website to begin the procedure.
How to apply?
When you are applying to for the said scheme for the first time, you will need two documents. You will need an identification proof and a recent photograph of yourself to verify your identity.
Other than this, if you are applying for the first time, you will need to submit all the original documents to the authorities. It must be noted that photocopies of such documents will be rejected. The authorities will return your original documents to you.
Are there deadlines for submitting your request for the scheme?
NHS Bursary has tight deadlines, and there are no exceptions to these rules. All applications for NHS Bursaries will be accepted along with evidence, if there is any, only when such forms are submitted at least six months before the academic year begins.
Any application or any evidence received after the date shall stand rejected. There are specific deadlines for various applications, make sure that you keep an eye out for such dates and adhere to the deadlines to avoid discomfort.
Here is the link to the official website, where you can follow the important dates to avoid confusions:
What happens when you are reapplying?
If you are a continuing student with the Bursary, then an invitation will be sent to you via an email. It must be remembered that you will still have deadlines and such deadlines will be before the academic year begins.
How long does it take to fill the form?
When you fill the form, you will need about 30 to 40 minutes to complete the application and attach the documents that are needed. Furthermore, the application does not require you to finish filling it out in a single session.
What happens next?
If your application by the bursary is accepted, then you will receive an email confirming your acceptance through the Bursary. However, it must be remembered that this will depend on the validity of your documents that have been submitted to the authorities. Furthermore, there can be other reasons as well. Make sure that you complete the application before submitting to receive a positive response.
If you receive an NHS Bursary, then you will even be eligible for a discount rated loan in England from Student Finance England.
How can I contact the Bursary?
For queries, confusions or anything, here is how you can get in touch with Bursaries:
NHS Student Bursaries
Telephone: 0300 330 1345
Fax: 01253 774491
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
Saturday 9am to 3pm
NHS Student Bursaries