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New Students[edit]

  1. To be able to apply for an NHS bursary, you need to create a Bursary Online Support System (BOSS) account on the NHS Student Bursaries website. Note: To those who are studying under a Social Work course, do not apply on BOSS. Instead, visit Social Work Bursaries home page for information on how to apply.
  2. New students will be informed through NHS BSA website when they can apply for an NHS bursary and then once a university has offered you an NHS commissioned training place (either conditionally or unconditionally) you should begin your application.
  3. Carefully read the guidance regarding making an online application through the Bursary Online Support System (BOSS).
  4. After completing and submitting your online application you will receive a further email asking you to send your supporting evidence (NHS only accept original documents) by Special Delivery post to:
    NHS Student Bursaries
    Ridgway House
    Northgate Close
    BL6 6PQ
  5. DO NOT FORGET to include your student coversheet with anything you post us (which can be printed from the Documents section of your BOSS account) and a self addressed return envelope with Special Delivery postage paid on it. If you do not use Special Delivery post, you will not be able to track the return of your documents or make any claims through Royal Mail if items are lost in transit.
  6. Once NHS receive your online bursary application and ALL of your supporting evidence, your application will be assessed and your eligibility for an NHS bursary will be determined.
  7. If your application is approved, an email will be sent to you informing you that your Notification of Award (NOA), which breaks down what you are entitled to, has been made available for you to view in your online BOSS account.

If you get an NHS bursary you can apply separately for a reduced rate loan from Student Finance England.

Continuing students[edit]

You need to reapply for your bursary every academic year.

  1. You will receive an email invitation from NHS Student Bursaries telling you when you can reapply for your bursary. The date your invitation is sent depends on when your next academic year begins.
  2. You must send your application within 6 months of the first day of your academic year.
  3. If your application is approved, NHS Student Bursaries will send you an email when your bursary is available for you to view in your BOSS account.
  4. If you get an NHS bursary you can apply separately for a reduced rate loan from Student Finance England.


Required Documents[edit]

If youre applying for an NHS bursary for the first time you must provide 2 documents to confirm your identity, one of which must include a photograph of yourself, eg a birth certificate and a valid passport.

You must send original documents (not photocopies), which NHS Student Bursaries will return to you.

Office Locations & Contacts[edit]

NHS Student Bursaries
Telephone: 0845 358 6655
Fax: 01253 774491
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
Saturday 9am to 3pm
To know about call charges

NHS Student Bursaries
Hesketh House
200-220 Broadway



Your eligibility to receive NHS bursaries depends on:

Where you live: 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.

You may still apply to receive NHS bursaries if you do not meet residency requirements - know more

Your course: You must firstly be accepted for an NHS funded place on a full or part-time course which leads to professional registration as a:

  • doctor or dentist
  • chiropodist (including podiatrist)
  • dietician
  • occupational therapist
  • orthoptist
  • physiotherapist
  • prosthetist and orthotist
  • radiographer
  • speech and language therapist
  • dental hygienist or dental therapist
  • nurse
  • midwife
  • operating department practitioner

If your course leads to a professional registration in one of these professions you may be eligible for an NHS Bursary, even if you have already had public funding for higher education.

NHS bursaries are not given to:

  • registered first level nurses seeking a second registration in nursing
  • registered midwives seeking a second registration in midwifery

Your household income: Your total bursary amount depends on your household income. This can be either your own income, your parents income, or that of your partner, spouse or civil partner.

Whether youve already had funding: Even if youve already had public funding for higher education, you may still receive an NHS bursary.

If youve had an NHS bursary and want to change professions, you may also be eligible.

NHS Bursary - Details regarding eligibility (PDF)


Explain the fees structure which is required for obtaining the certificate/document.


You need to reapply for your bursary every academic year.

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Processing Time[edit]

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Full-time NHS student starting a degree course after 1 September 2012 can apply for:

  • a bursary from the NHS
  • a 1,000 grant from the NHS
  • a reduced Maintenance Loan from Student Finance England

Eligible part-time student can apply for:

  • a reduced bursary from the NHS
  • a reduced grant from the NHS

Note: The amount you get depends on the length of your course.

Required Information[edit]

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1. Date of Birth.
2. City or County of Birth.


Need for the Document[edit]

Students taking up medicine, dentistry, nursing or a healthcare course in England, may be eligible for an annual payment from the NHS to help with their study and living costs (known as a bursary).

Information which might help[edit]

The NHS bursary is paid into your bank account in 12 equal monthly installments while the Maintenance Loan is usually paid into your bank account at the beginning of each term.

Other uses of the Document/Certificate[edit]

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e.g. Birth Certificate can be used as proof of identity.

External Links[edit]

  • GOV.UK:
  • NHS Business Services Authority - Frequently asked questions:



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