NHS Bursary Scheme rules 2016
Information about the NHS Bursary Scheme for universities and students considering work in the NHS.
These documents set out the rules and administrative arrangements for the payment of NHS bursaries to students who are considering work in the NHS and have accepted a place on an eligible course. The NHS Bursary Scheme rules ensure the bursaries are paid fairly and consistently.
There are 2 sets of rules, one for students who started their course before 1 September 2012 and one for those who started on or after that date. These editions replace previous editions.
Update to the NHS Bursary Scheme New Rules Fifth Edition
We are updating the NHS Bursary Scheme New Rules, Fifth Edition with a new long residency eligibility criteria.
The new long residency category will extend eligibility for student support to those persons who are:
under 18 years of age and have lived in the UK throughout the 7 year period preceding the first day of the first academic year of the course (including 3 years’ lawful ordinary residence before the first day of the first academic year of the course)
aged 18 years or above and preceding the first day of the first academic year of the course have either lived in the UK throughout either half their life or a period of 20 years (including 3 years’ lawful ordinary residence before the first day of the first academic year of the course)
These changes will apply for the 2016/2017 academic year and supersede the interim policy published on 12 November 2015, the policy statement in response to the Supreme Court ruling in the case of Tigere, 29 July 2015.
Students and prospective students should not rely on the current NHS Bursary rules and allowances when planning for subsequent academic years. These rules may be subject to review in the future and as a result may change. Further information about the NHS Bursary Scheme will be posted on the NHS Business Services Authority website. Students are advised to check the website on a regular basis. The Department of Health and NHS Student Services will not accept responsibility for loss of any type suffered by students who have relied on current rules and allowances whether for the current academic year, academic year to begin or indeed for subsequent academic years.