- 04 March 2021
- 5 min read
Do Student Nurses Get An NHS Bursary And How You Can Apply For It In 2022
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!
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Do Student Nurses Get An NHS Nursing Bursary In 2022?
Yes, Student Nurses do get an NHS bursary in 2022.
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.
Beyond this, another £2,000 is accessible in childcare allowances.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.