• 04 March 2021
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Do Student Nurses Get An NHS Bursary And How You Can Apply For It In 2021

  • Matt Farrah
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    • Mat Martin
    • Richard Gill
    • Laura Bosworth
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Student Nurses will get a minimum bursary of £5,000. This does not need to be paid back"

If you’re considering Nursing and want to know how much the Student Nursing bursary is, who is eligible and how you can apply for one - then this article is for you!

Topics Covered In This Article

Do Student Nurses Get An NHS Nursing Bursary In 2021?

How Much Bursary Will I Get As A Nursing Student?

Am I Eligible For A Higher Nursing Bursary Than £5,000?

Will I Have To Pay My Nursing Bursary Back?

How Do You Apply For The Nursing Bursary?

What Funding For Student Nurses Is Available Other Than The Bursary?

Covid 19 Has Motivated Thousands To Consider Becoming A Nurse

Has The New Nursing Bursary Inspired 1000s To Become A Nurse?

Is The New Nursing Bursary The Same As The Original One?

Does The Bursary Apply To Open University Students?

Do Student Nurses Get An NHS Nursing Bursary In 2021?

Yes, Student Nurses do get an NHS bursary in 2021.

But it’s important to note exactly how it works.

All Nursing Students can access at least £5,000 a year maintenance grant – or what’s commonly known as the bursary.

How Much Bursary Will I Get As A Nursing Student?

Everyone will get at least £5,000.

You can also access a further £1,000 if you plan on working in an area suffering from severe shortages, which includes mental health among others.

Beyond this, another £2,000 is accessible in childcare allowances.

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Am I Eligible For A Higher Nursing Bursary Than £5,000?

OK, so here’s the headline: You will get at least £5,000 (everyone gets this).

The specialist area may warrant you get paid a further £1,000.

You may be eligible to Childcare Allowances of up to £2,000.

Subject to further means-testing you MAY be eligible to more.

A part of your bursary is means-tested.

The amount of means-tested bursary you have access to is not explicitly stated and depends on factors including:

•  whether you live with parents

• the income of your spouse

• what part of the country you’re studying in

• the length of your academic year

Our understanding is that any means-tested increases will be nominal.

And the factors looked at as part of the means-testing process are subject to change.

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Just to explain this means testing a little more... it means, simply that you may receive a higher amount if you study in London, or if your course runs for more than 30 weeks and 3 days in the academic year.

Only YOUR OWN specific situation and intentions will reveal this upon your successful application.

Will I Have To Pay My Nursing Bursary Back?

No, you will not need to pay back your Nursing Bursary payment.

To be clear, this is a payment to you, not a loan.

Student Nurses, once qualified, are not required to pay the bursary payment back.

It is not like a Student Loan.

How Do You Apply For The Nursing Bursary?

To apply for the bursary you need to first create an account on the NHS Student Bursaries website.

You’ll then have to fill out an application form that takes around 30 minutes.

You might also need to provide supporting evidence but this will be explained in an email you’ll receive.

It’s important to remember that you will need to reapply for the bursary every academic year – although it’s relatively easy to do so.

To find out more about applying for a Nursing bursary and to actually start the application process go to this page within the NHS website.

This will also answer any questions you might have about managing your bursary, when you’ll receive payments, and how long applications take to process.

Here on Nurses.co.uk we have all the information on becoming a Nurse that you will need.

You can start finding out more here: Our Complete Guide To Becoming A Nurse.

What Funding For Student Nurses Is Available Other Than The Bursary?

Beyond the bursary, there are other useful sources of financial support for Nursing Students.

A childcare allowance, if relevant, can help to cover the majority of your childcare costs.

You can also claim Practice Placement Expenses if you incur extra travel and accommodation costs while on a practice placement.

Furthermore, hardship grants and loans are available to Students who are eligible.

And having the bursary doesn’t impact on your access to a full Student loan through the Student Loans Company.

Covid 19 Has Motivated Thousands To Consider Becoming A Nurse

It was recently revealed that applications for Nursing degrees were up in early 2021 by almost a third compared to the previous year.

Many have been motivated by the heroics of frontline Nurses, while others have been attracted to the security it offers as a career choice.

Whatever the reason, a flood of aspiring Nurses are beginning their journeys in the very near future.

Has The New Nursing Bursary Inspired 1000s To Become A Nurse?

The Student Nursing bursary returned in September 2020, having been scrapped in 2015.

The plan to bring back Student bursaries was launched before Coronavirus spread.

The large number of people applying for Nursing degrees seems to be mostly due to people being inspired by the diligence and compassion of Nurses and Care professionals during the Covid pandemic, and not the re-introduction of the bursary.

Is The New Nursing Bursary The Same As The Original One?

No, the new Nursing bursary pays less to Students than the one that was scrapped in 2015.

The earlier iteration provided Nursing Students with a minimum of £10,000 a year, up to a maximum of £16,454.

(Here’s more information on the new Nursing Bursary introduced in 2020.)

Whether or not the current bursary scheme will become more generous over the coming years remains to be seen.

But the good news is that having the bursary does not impact access to a Student loan through the Student Loans Company.

The difference, of course, is that you are required to pay Student Loans back while the £5,000 Nursing bursary is a payment which you will NOT need to pay back.

Does The Bursary Apply To Open University Students?

Open University students on the standard nursing programme do not qualify for the bursary – they are employed in a healthcare role and have to supported by their employer to be on the programme.

However, students on the OU's newer, blended nursing programme are eligible to apply for the bursary.

This is the programme is run in partnership with Middlesex University and the University of West of England.

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  • Matt Farrah
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I studied English before moving into publishing in the mid 90s. I co-founded Nurses.co.uk and our other three sites in 2008. I wanted to provide a platform that gives a voice to those working in health and social care. I'm fascinated, generally, by the career choices we all make. But I'm especially interested in the stories told by those who choose to spend their life supporting others. They are mostly positive and life-affirming stories, despite the considerable challenges and burdens faced.

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About the author

  • Matt Farrah
    Co-Founder

I studied English before moving into publishing in the mid 90s. I co-founded Nurses.co.uk and our other three sites in 2008. I wanted to provide a platform that gives a voice to those working in health and social care. I'm fascinated, generally, by the career choices we all make. But I'm especially interested in the stories told by those who choose to spend their life supporting others. They are mostly positive and life-affirming stories, despite the considerable challenges and burdens faced.

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    • Matt Farrah 13 days ago
      Matt Farrah
    • Matt Farrah
      13 days ago

      A few people have asked us whether bursaries apply to courses taken with the Open University. It's a great question ... read more

      • Thank you for posting a response Matt :)

        Replied by: Jemma Syms
    • Bronte Armstrong 15 days ago
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    • Bronte Armstrong
      15 days ago

      Have you heard any more information regarding whether the bursary applies to people undergoing their Nursing degree with the Open ... read more

      • Hi Bronte. The OU have got back to us which is great. I posted their reply as a comment above.

        Replied by: Matt Farrah
    • Jemma Syms one month ago
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    • Jemma Syms
      one month ago

      Does the bursary apply to people undertaking an Open University course in nursing?

      • Funnily enough someone else asked us this last week. We've asked the OU this question directly a few days ago and are awaiting an answer. We'll post it here when we get it.

        Replied by: Matt Farrah
    • Jan Vincent De Guzman 2 months ago
      Jan Vincent De Guzman
    • Jan Vincent De Guzman
      2 months ago

      Hi, Im from Nothern Ireland and I do a nursing degree in University of Glasgow but I was told I ... read more

      • Hi Jan. This sounds like a frustrating situation. The official line is that to be eligible for an NHS bursary you need to have been living in the UK for three years up to the start of the academic yea... read more

        Hi Jan. This sounds like a frustrating situation. The official line is that to be eligible for an NHS bursary you need to have been living in the UK for three years up to the start of the academic year. So, you seem to meet that requirement. Obviously, we're not the people you need to be talking to and we'd recommend you push and find out what's going on. You could start here: www. nhsbsa. /nhs-bursary-students(the link won't appear properly, but you can work out where I'm linking to). Good luck. Matt
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    • Josiah Adesuyi 2 months ago
      Josiah Adesuyi
    • Josiah Adesuyi
      2 months ago

      Hi. I'm an international student from Africa with an offer to study Nursing. Am I eligible for the new £5000 ... read more

      • No, I'm afraid not Josiah. The official line is: "To be eligible to apply for an NHS bursary you must have been living in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for 3 years up to the start of ... read more

        No, I'm afraid not Josiah. The official line is: "To be eligible to apply for an NHS bursary you must have been living in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for 3 years up to the start of the academic year." If you search for NHSBSA student services you will find more information about bursaries there.
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    • Rosalie Burke 2 months ago
      Rosalie Burke
    • Rosalie Burke
      2 months ago

      Can non-resident UK nationals receive starting a nursing degree and classified as a home student access the nursing bursary?

      • Hi Rosalie, Please have a look at https:// /nhs-bursaries/eligibility for information on eligibilty for bursaries. You might also find https:// /student-finance/nhs-bursaries.html useful. Rich - N... read more

        Hi Rosalie, Please have a look at https:// /nhs-bursaries/eligibility for information on eligibilty for bursaries. You might also find https:// /student-finance/nhs-bursaries.html useful. Rich - Niche Jobs Ltd.
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    • T K 3 months ago
      T K
    • T K
      3 months ago

      Can new students going into nursing in 2021 apply to the grant or do you apply during the academic year? ... read more

      • Yes, we believe you apply before the academic year. We'll find out more specific information and details and post them here.

        Replied by: Matt Farrah

        Yes, it does seem that, generally, students are always advised to apply for grants before they begin their course. However, it's clear that there is some discretion currently with so many schedules mo... read more

        Yes, it does seem that, generally, students are always advised to apply for grants before they begin their course. However, it's clear that there is some discretion currently with so many schedules moving around because of the pandemic. Hope this helps.
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