NHS Bursary Guide 2021: What Should You Know?

NHS bursary guide 2021

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April 6, 2021

The NHS bursary initially supported students pursuing healthcare degrees throughout the UK, but changes resulted in a patchwork of financial assistance across the country. I am here to take you through the A to Z of it as this NHS bursary guide 2021 reveals the latest financial resources available for a career as a nurse, allied health practitioner, doctor, or dentist, so read on!

When can you apply for the NHS Bursary?

To be eligible for funding beginning with the 2020/21 academic year, medical and dental students must have applied for the NHS Bursary by the following deadlines:

When your course startsDate applications openApplication deadline
June – July 20202nd March 202029th May 2020
August 20206th April 202026th June 2020
September – October 20204th May 202031st July 2020

NHS Bursary Eligibility

To be eligible for support starting with the 2020/21 academic year, continuing students enrolled in a healthcare course other than pharmacy or dentistry must have qualified for the NHS nursing bursary by the following dates:

When your course startsDate applications openApplication deadline
January 20207th October 201929th November 2019
February 20204th November 201927th December 2019
March 20202nd December 201931st January 2020
April – May 20203rd February 202027th March 2020
June 20202nd March 202024th April 2020
September – October 20204th May 202031st July 2020

Who can apply for NHS bursary funding?

EU students who live in the UK could be qualified for an NHS bursary or other healthcare support on the same grounds as UK students for courses beginning in 2020–21. Undergraduate EU students studying outside the UK will be eligible to qualify for a tuition fee loan – contact the student finance body in the place where you want to study for more details.

Though additional conditions exist here is a short rundown of which students in England are qualified for the NHS Bursary in 2020/21:

  • Continuing students who enrolled in a non-medical healthcare course between September 1, 2012, and August 1, 2017
  • Continuing postgraduate students who began a non-medical healthcare course between August 1st, 2017 and August 1st, 2018.
  • Continuing students who began dental hygiene or dental therapy course between August 1st, 2017 and August 1st, 2018.
  • Only EU students in the UK who are enrolled with the EU Settlement Scheme or Irish citizens may be qualified for funding for courses beginning in 2021–22.

As a full-time undergraduate, you will obtain one of five types of funding via the NHS Bursary:

  • A bursary dependent on financial need (this will be calculated based on household income)
  • A non-means-tested allowance of £1,000 (unaffected by household income)
  • Tuition Premium Donation
  • Reduced Maintenance Loan from Student Finance
  • Depending on your specific conditions, you might be eligible for additional grants.

You will fulfil the residence and nationality requirements for the NHS Bursary in 2020/21 if you met the following conditions:

  • You normally live in England.
  • You have resided in the United Kingdom for at least three years prior to the first academic day of the course.
  • You are a UK citizen or have settled status (there is no time limit on your stay in the country).

How much money do you get with the NHS Bursary?

The NHS Bursary will be charged in 12 equal monthly instalments to all qualifying students during the year. Keep in mind that this would not involve the bursary’s Maintenance Loan, which is usually deposited at the start of each year.

Means-tested Grant and Non-means-tested Bursary | NHS Bursary Guide 2021

Type of fundingStudents at university located in London, living away from homeStudents at university outside of London, living away from homeStudents living with parents (any area)
Means-tested bursary (per year)Up to £3,191Up to £2,643Up to £2,207
Non-means-tested grant (per year)£1,000£1,000£1,000
Total bursary and grant (per year)Up to £4,191Up to £3,643Up to £3,207

Bear in mind that since the means-tested bursary is dependent on family revenue, you will not earn the entire yearly payment.

However, regardless of family income, all qualifying students will earn the entire £1,000 a year for the non-means-tested scholarship.

Tuition Fee Contributions | NHS Bursary Guide 2021

Course typeAmount of tuition fee contribution
An undergraduate course that lasts 5 or 6 yearsUp to £9,250
Graduate entry course which lasts 3 or 4 yearsUp to £3,715*
The final year of a course that must be completed after 15 weeks’ attendance or lessUp to £4,625

Earnings Per Household | NHS Bursary Guide 2021

Your family revenue would be used to determine all means-tested financing. When you are a dependent student, your household consists of your parents, or your wife or spouse whether you are a single student (if you have one). If you may not choose to disclose your family revenue, you might also be qualified for non-means-tested assistance.

Student Loans

Even if the NHS provides a bursary, you will need a maintenance loan. This may be a reduced loan, which means the amount usable in the final year would be less.

Read: Moratorium Period in Education Loan: What is it And Why It Matters?

Grants for Additional Expenses | NHS Bursary Guide 2021

Dependents Allowance is for those students who financially support some other adult or child. This amount will be based on any kind of income that the dependent has.

Childcare Allowance (means-tested) supports children participating in licenced or approved childcare with their childcare expenses. Up to 85 per cent of the expense can be covered up to a certain amount, and you cannot get financial assistance whether you receive childcare funds from another entity, your child is registered for a free early education place, or your child is cared for by a parent.

You could be qualified for a Parents’ Learning Allowance if you are eligible for Dependents Allowance for an infant.

You could be eligible for the Disabled Students’ Allowance whether you have a long-term medical or mental health problem, academic difference (such as dyslexia), or physical disability. The number is calculated by your desires rather than your profits.

If you are enrolled in a subsidised course and qualify for these grants, the sum of financial assistance offered to you will vary.

Expenses on Commuting and Clinical Research Placements

If you are in an NHS or government-funded place, you will be entitled to demand travel expenses for clinical placements that exceed the usual cost of travel to university. If authorised, these can provide lodging up to a regular maximum.

Students participating in the nursing bursary, midwifery, or allied health career courses in England will apply to the Learning Assistance Fund for travel expenses.

Medical and dental students on clinical placements during non-NHS bursary years may qualify for a travel award. This changes to Practice Placement Costs claimed by the NHS during NHS bursary sponsored years.

Students who receive Disabled Students Allowances can only qualify for a deduction of transport expenses that are not covered by their DSA.

NHS Bursary Contact

Telephone: 0300 330 1345

Textphone: 18001 0300 330 1345

Write to: NHSBSA Student Services, Hesketh House, 200-220 Broadway, Fleetwood, FY7 8SS

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