NHS funded courses
Qualifying for funding from NHS Wales
The NHS Bursary package differs from the support available to non-NHS students. To qualify for NHS financial support:
- You must be accepted for an NHS funded place on a full or part time course.
- You must have been living in the UK for the three years immediately before the start of the academic year in which the course begins and in Wales on the first day of the first academic year of the course
- AND commit to work in Wales for a TWO year period following graduation.
Tuition Fee Costs
Tuition Fee Support for students who opt for NHS Wales funding:
- The tuition fees for non-medical courses for students who choose to commit to work in Wales for a TWO year period following graduation are paid directly by the NHS so eligible students are not required to pay tuition fees.
Financing your Living Costs
The following financial support is available from NHS Wales:
- a non-means tested grant of £1,000
- a means tested basic bursary of:
- up to £2,643 (30 weeks) plus £84 for each additional (this is called the ‘Elsewhere Rate’ and is payable to students living away from the parental home during the course)
- up to £2,207 (30 weeks) plus £54 for each additional week (this is called the ‘Parental Home Rate’ and is payable to students living at the parental home during the course).
How and when to apply for NHS Wales funding
- The NHS Wales Student Awards Unit will send you an initial application form.
- On the receipt of your completed initial application form, you will be sent a financial assessment form in order that your bursary entitlement can be calculated.
- Once this has been completed you will be sent a grant notification letter advising you of the level of your award, any parental or spouse contribution and any contribution to travel.
Additional Financial Support
In addition, students can apply for a number of additional allowances if they meet specific criteria.
- Dependants’ Allowances
- Parent Learning Allowance
- Childcare Allowance
Second undergraduate degree funding
Students going back to university to study for a second degree will be eligible to apply for NHS financial support (tuition fee funding and a means-tested bursary), however the reduced maintenance loan is not available. Students must be accepted to study in one of the above undergraduate courses (see Who can apply?).
Clinical/Practice Placement Costs
Students may also be able to receive assistance with clinical /practice placement costs, which are means tested. Students should contact their university for advice on how to claim clinical/practice placement costs.
Disabled Students’ Allowances
Students with a disability and who need extra help or equipment to help complete their course may be able to receive assistance under the Disabled Students’ Allowance. Students should contact their university in the first instance for advice on how to claim Disabled Students’ Allowance.
NHS Wales Student Awards Unit (The NHS Wales Student Award Unit implements the NHS Wales Bursary Schemes, which provides funding for healthcare students on NHS funded courses in Wales).