5. Extra financial help

In addition to the NHS bursary you may also be able to apply for extra help if:

  • you have children
  • you have adult dependants
  • you have a disability, long-term health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty
  • you do a practice placement
  • your course runs for more than 30 weeks and 3 days in the academic year

Find out more about extra help on the NHS Student Bursaries website.

Dependants’ Allowance

You may get this if you have adults or children who are financially dependent on you when you’re training.

How much you get depends on your household income.

Apply for Dependants’ Allowance through your BOSS account.

Childcare Allowance

You must apply for Dependants’ Allowance before you can apply for Childcare Allowance.

You may be able to get the NHS Bursary Childcare Allowance if you have dependent children.

How much you get depends on your circumstances and your household income.

You can’t get this if you’re not entitled to the NHS bursary (known as a ‘Fees Only award’).

To qualify:

  • you must use a registered childcare provider
  • your children must be under 15 on the first day of the academic year (or under 17 if they have special educational needs)

The allowance pays up to:

  • £127.50 a week for 1 child
  • £189.55 a week for 2 or more children

Apply for Childcare Allowance via the form on the NHS Student Bursaries website.

Parent Learning Allowance

You must apply for Dependants’ Allowance first. If this includes a dependent child, you’re automatically assessed for Parent Learning Allowance.

You can claim up to £1,192 per academic year.

How much you get depends on your household income.

Disabled Students’ Allowances

You can get this if you have to pay extra costs because of a:

  • physical disability
  • long-term health condition
  • mental-health difficulty
  • specific learning difficulty like dyslexia

You need to give up-to-date medical evidence of the nature and severity of your disability from a qualified professional.

You can get up to:

  • £20,725 for a helper
  • £5,214 for specialist equipment for the whole course
  • £1,741 for other costs

Apply for Disabled Students Allowance through your BOSS account.

Practice placement expenses

If you do a practice placement you may be able to claim travel costs if:

  • your practice placement is in a hospital or community health centre and not at your university
  • it costs you more to travel to your placement than it costs to travel to university

Claim practice placement expenses via the form on the NHS Student Bursaries website.

Extra Weeks Allowance

If your course runs for more than 30 weeks and 3 days in the 2014 to 2015 academic year you may be entitled to Extra Weeks Allowance:

Where you study and live Allowance
In London £107 per week
Outside London £83 per additional week
With your parents £55 per additional week

Your Extra Weeks Allowance is calculated automatically during the application process.