Fees and bursaries

Fees and bursaries

Changes to student bursaries have been announced for students starting in September 2017 and onward.  Read more about how the funding will be changing in 2017.

NHS funded courses

If you are attending the following courses and meet certain residency and eligibility criteria, you will have your tuition fees paid in full by the NHS, and you will normally receive an income assessed bursary from the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA):

Therapeutic radiography
Diagnostic radiography
Social work and social care

The bursary is a grant intended to assist towards living costs and is non-repayable.

If you are an EU student, you may be eligible to have your tuition fees paid but will not normally receive a bursary for living costs, unless you satisfy certain residency conditions. The NHS Bursaries website provides further information about eligibility.

Find out more in the NHS Business Services Authority guide to NHS Student Bursaries (PDF).

Support available for Home(UK) NHS funded students

  • Your tuition fees will be paid in full by the NHS
  • You may be eligible for a means tested NHS Bursary. More details can be found at NHS student bursaries, including their Awards estimate calculator which indicates possible payments
  • You may be eligible for Childcare Allowance if you have children in registered childcare – the NHS Bursaries website has more information about childcare allowance
  • You may be eligible for supplementary allowances if you are a single parent, have dependents or incur clinical placement costs
  • You may be eligible for the disabled students allowance
  • You may be eligible for a reduced rate maintenance loan.

The bursary and any supplementary allowances are paid into your bank account in 11 equal monthly instalments. If you are eligible for a bursary, the first payment is a combined payments for the first two months of your course. The payments are not subject to income tax or national insurance.

How to apply for a bursary

NHS Bursary applications have to be made online. You will need to create an account on the NHS Student Bursaries Online Support System (BOSS). You can then complete and submit an application for a bursary. Visit here to apply.

Students are strongly advised to consult a guide, and FAQs on how to complete the application form, which can be found here.

If you fail to submit an online bursary application, or do not provide all the requested supporting documentation within six months of your course start date, your bursary award cannot be processed and you will not receive payments. On receipt of your completed application and supporting evidence, your eligibility for a bursary will be determined by NHS Student Bursaries and, if you are eligible, the amount of your award assessed.

Once this has been done, you will receive notification to log onto your BOSS account to view your Award Notification. This will advise you of the level of your bursary; the days of attendance taken into account; any parental or spouse contribution; and the method and frequency of payment.

Students can access an NHSBSA self-help enquiry system that answers any queries they may have, before ringing the helpline.

Visit the NHSBSA ‘Ask Us’ online service for more information.