The NHS Wales Bursary Scheme is provided by NHS Student Awards Services. Students studying on certain courses that lead to registration as a health care professional can apply to the NHS for funding to help with tuition fees and living costs. There is extra help available for students in certain circumstances, for example if they have a disability, including a long-term health condition, mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty, or children or an adult who depends on them financially. Students who normally live in Wales may also be able to get a Maintenance Loan from us.
To get funding from the NHS, students must meet certain criteria.
Nationality and residency
They must have been offered an NHS-funded place on one of the following courses:
- occupational therapy
- dental hygiene/dental therapy
- operating department practitioner
- speech and language therapy
*Students studying an undergraduate medical or dental course will be able to get funding from the NHS from the fifth year of study, or from the second year of their course if they’re on a graduate entry programme.
Students should check with their university or college to make sure they’re being offered an NHS-funded place.
Students may be able to get NHS funding even if they’ve already had funding for a higher-education course. If they’ve already had NHS funding but now want to do a different NHS course to change professions, they may still be able to get NHS funding.
For more information, visit www.nwssp.wales.nhs.uk/home
What NHS funding is available?
Students will have their tuition fees paid in full by the NHS. This doesn’t have to be repaid.
If they’re studying a medical or dental course, the NHS will start paying their fees from the fifth year of their undergraduate course, or from the second year if they’re on a graduate entry course. Students on these courses can apply to us for help to pay their tuition fees for the earlier years of their course.
Non income-assessed NHS grant
Students will get an NHS grant that doesn’t depend on their household income. Full-time students will get £1,000. The amount part-time students get will depend on their course intensity. The grant doesn’t have to be repaid.
Students will be assessed for an NHS Bursary. The amount they get will depend on their household income and where they study. This doesn’t have to be repaid.
Some students may be able to get extra help from the NHS. For example, if their course is longer than 30 weeks and three days, they have a disability, including a long-term health condition, mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty, or they have children or an adult who depends on them financially.
What funding is available from us?
Full-time students who are eligible for income-assessed funding from the NHS can also apply for a reduced rate of Maintenance Loan from us.
The amount they can get depends on where they’re living and studying, not their household income.
This has to be repaid, but not until they’ve finished or left their course and their income is over the repayment threshold.
2019/20 and 2020/21
The following table shows the funding available to students starting their course on or after 1 August 2018.
Where they live and study
Reduced-rate Maintenance Loan 19/20
Reduced-rate Maintenance Loan 20/21
Living with parents
Studying in London and not living with parents
Studying outside London and not living with parents
To find out more about funding for students on NHS-funded courses visit Student Awards Services
Students can phone 029 2090 5380 for bursary enquiries or 029 2090 5381 for childcare enquiries.