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NHS Bursary Scheme

To qualify for the financial support outlined below applicants must comply with the following as laid down by the Welsh Government:

  • Have been resident in the UK throughout the 3 years preceding the first day of the academic year of the course
  • Have settled status in the UK within the meaning of the Immigration Act 1971, on the first academic year of the course
  • Be ordinarily resident in the UK on the first day of the first academic year of the course

Please note: EU nationals who do not meet the requirements above will be eligible for a tuition fees only bursary.

Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for both nursing and midwifery undergraduate degrees are paid directly by the NHS. 

Financial Support Available

(This information is relevant to students beginning their degree on or after September 2012)

1) All eligible students will receive a Non-means Tested Grant of £1,000.

2) They will also be considered for a Means Tested Basic Bursary: 

  • Nursing students studying on a 42 week course may be entitled to receive the maximum amount of up to £3,575
  • Midwifery students studying on a 45 week course may be entitled to receive the maximum amount of up to £3,821 

3) Students can also access a non-means tested maintenance loan of up to £2,324 (£1,744 for those living in the parental home during the course). You should apply via your Local Education Authority for the reduced rate loan before your course starts.

In addition to the basic bursary, students can apply for a number of additional allowances if they meet specific criteria. These allowances are means tested and are:

  • Dependents' Allowances
  • Parent Learning Allowance
  • Childcare Allowance

Contribution Rates

The following table can be used to give students an idea of how much their means tested bursary will be reduced, based on their household income: Contribution Rates

Clinical/Practice Placement Costs

Students may also be able to receive assistance with clinical/practice placement costs, which are means tested.  Students should contact the University for advice on how to claim clinical/practice placement costs; Travel Entitlement

Disabled Students Allowances

Students with a disability and who need extra help or equipment to help complete their course may be able to receive assistance under the Disabled Students' Allowance.  Students should contact the University in the first instance for advice on how to claim Disabled Students' Allowance.

Further information is available from

NHS Wales Student Awards Unit
3rd Floor, 14 Cathedral Road
Cardiff, CF11 9LJ

Tel: 029 2019 6167 (Bursary/DSA enquiries)
Tel: 029 2019 6168 (Childcare enquiries)

The telephone lines are open from 9.00am until 4.30pm

Full details of Bursary Rates are available from:

Cardiff School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies

Phone: +44 (0)29 2068 7766
Cardiff University
Ty Dewi Sant
Heath Park Campus
CF14 4XN

For further details please contact:

Finance Office, School of Nursing & Midwifery Studies

Phone: +44 (0)29 20 917 713
Fax: +44 (0)29 20 917 924
Room 713, 7th Floor
35-43 Newport Road
EastGate House Campus
CF24 0AB
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