IMPORTANT FOR 2021-22
Tuition Fees are being introduced for new and continuing students on these courses from the 2021-22 academic year.
If you are ordinarily resident in Scotland, you may be eligible to receive funding for tuition and living costs through the Nursing and Midwifery student bursary scheme (NMSB) which comes from the Scottish Government Health Directorate but is administered by the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS).
SAAS operate an online application process and their website has a lot of really useful information about how they work out your entitlement and how you apply for it. Applications open in April and we recommend applying early to ensure your funding is ready for you starting your course.
The Nursing and Midwifery student bursary scheme (NMSB) consists of a non-repayable bursary that is not income assessed and a number of additional bursaries/grants that are dependent on your circumstances. You are not eligible to apply for any Student Loan support on top of this.
You may also apply for a Tuition Fee element of support that is paid directly to the University on your behalf, and is also non-repayable, i.e. you do not have to pay this back.
If you have studied a course like this previously, and received funding through the Nursing and Midwifery Student Bursary scheme, this will impact the funding you are entitled to receive, and can impact both the Tuition Fee element of support and living cost support. You should contact SAAS directly as they can help identify how much of your funding entitlement, if any, is still available to you. You should then carefully consider how you will manage financially during the time that you will not receive any bursary and may have to fund your tuition independently.
If you have studied a course previously that was funded through the standard package of SAAS and SLC (i.e. you have not accessed support through the Nursing and Midwifery Student Bursary scheme), you will still be eligible to receive funding for this course through the Nursing and Midwifery student bursary scheme.
The SAAS website details the financial support available and how you can apply. In basic terms, this can be made up of the following:
- Standard Bursary of £10,000 per year. This is not income assessed.
- Single parents allowance of £2,303 per year.
- Childcare allowance for registered care of up to £2,466 per year (less only if the registered childcare amounts to less).
- Dependants' allowance of £3,640 for first dependent child* and £557 for each other dependent child, also per year. Any income your dependants have may affect the level of support you receive.
- Tuition Fee award of £1,820 per year
*Students with a spouse or partner on very low incomes may claim this allowance for that spouse or partner instead of a dependent child, and a further £557 for each dependent child.
Your funding package is paid on a monthly basis throughout the academic year. As these courses do not have the traditional summer break that other students experience, the package is effectively spread over 12 months. You are then expected to reapply for your funding package in each year of study, and should do so early to ensure continuity of funding.
The only exception to this is Tuition Fee support, which is paid directly to the University.
Impact on Benefits
It's important to understand that becoming a full-time student will impact on any benefits you might be receiving, such as Universal Credit. Your student funding will also be taken into account for any benefit calculations, which may reduce the amount you receive during your studies. In some cases, you may not receive any benefits at all, so it is important to plan ahead and budget with this in mind.
Visit our Benefits and Tax Credits page for more information, but we also recommend getting specialist benefits advice before you start your course. You can get this from organisations like Citizens Advice, or advice centres in your local area.