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How can I receive nursing bursaries?

I live in England and I want to study nursing. But I know that I’ll need some financial support to be able to complete my studies. That’s why I look for nursing bursaries and bursary application forms. If you have information about grants for nursing students or student finance bursary, it’ll be of help.

Naomi Doyle

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Daniel King on July 31, 2018

If you had been a student who started courses in 2016-2017 who had to postpone due to personal issues, such as to go on a maternity leave or to take some time to recover from an illness, you could follow the same system of bursaries for nursing students as before, as long as the postponement reason was considered relevant by the NHS Business Services Authority and the Department of Health and Health Education England.

Otherwise, from 1 August 2017 new students of the following courses will not have application forms for bursary to be filled in since they will no longer receive NHS bursaries: midwifery, dietetics, occupational therapy, orthotics and prosthetics, physiotherapy, podiatry and chiropody, radiography (diagnostic and therapeutic), speech and language therapy, operating department practitioner and nursing (adult, child, mental health, learning and disability).

The new measure has led aspiring nurses and midwives to pay £9,000 a year in fees. Although many people are against the new measure and consider that awarding a grant for students of nursing is necessary to avoid problems in the future, the number of nurses in England is higher than the overall nursing places available.

Nevertheless, after the removing of the bursary, the number of applications submitted to the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) in 2017 indicated that there were 700 fewer nurses starting training ( https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/nursing-applications-ucas-course-drop-nhs-grants-funding-debt-tuition-fees-costs-a8191546.html ).

Though it is not possible to receive student finance bursaries, you can apply to the students’ loan system. It will enable you to borrow money to afford the fees you have to pay for university tuition and cope with your living costs. If you are on a low income, if you have disabilities or if you have children, you can apply to receive extra money to palliate hardship ( https://www.gov.uk/extra-money-pay-university/university-and-college-hardship-funds ).

You need to know that you must start repaying your loan once that you earn over a certain amount. The number of your monthly repayments will depend on how much you earn and not on what you owe. It is important to note that you will be charged interest on the loan from the day you take it out.

Caroline Campbell2 years ago

I remember that I read about that financial change in the newspaper last year and I did not agree with it. I think that nursing bursaries were important and I think that they should be given again. After all, the money that the government invests in education is paid back by far when the students graduate and enter the job market. Current nursing students will be an important part of our health system and we should encourage them by giving them bursary application forms again to apply for financial support.  

Jeffrey Rodriguez2 years ago

I know how important a scholarship can be for a person who cannot afford to pay the fees of their higher education institution. The cost of higher education studies can be frustrating for many students who may think that they need to forget their dream of graduating from college. Fortunately, there are scholarships and bursaries to help us deal with our financial issues. And I think that some courses, such as those related to health, should be given priority when deciding on awarding student grants because those are very important professions for the well-being of the population of the country. My area of study in college was not related to health, but I hope that sooner than later the state gives grants for students of nursing as before. I think that in my case I would not have been able to complete my studies without a grant. 


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