The Nursing or midwifery bursary is money that's paid directly into your bank account if you're studying a nursing or midwifery course.
You get the bursary instead of a traditional student loan to cover living costs. It's not income assessed.
You can apply for the bursary if:
- you're studying a course in 'pre-registration' nursing or midwifery
- you've never studied nursing or midwifery before
- you meet the 'residency criteria'
The residency criteria are 3 conditions you must meet to be able to get student funding in Scotland including the Nursing or Midwifery Bursary.
- have lived in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for 3 years before the first day of the first academic year of your course
- have 'settled status' in the UK on the first day of the first academic year of your course, if you're not from the EU
- live in Scotland on the first day of the first academic year of your course – you'll not be considered a resident if you have moved here to study and would normally live somewhere else
There is information about exceptions to these 3 criteria on the SAAS website.
The first day of the first academic year of your course will be different depending on when you start your studies.
|Your study begins between||The academic year starts on|
|1 August and 31 December||1 August|
|1 January and 31 March||1 January|
|1 April and 30 June||1 April|
|1 July and 31 July||1 July|
Settled status means you don't have any immigration restrictions on the length of your stay in the UK.
You have settled status if you have:
- Right of Abode - unrestricted right to live in the UK
- Indefinite Leave to Enter/Remain - don't have the Right of Abode but you can stay without any time limit and can work and study without restriction
- a passport which says you're a British citizen
You're not 'settled' if you:
- have a time limit on the length of your stay in the UK
- are exempt from immigration control, for example you're living in the UK as a diplomat or a family member of a diplomat
- have a type of British passport that doesn't give you British citizenship, for example British National (Overseas)
How to apply
Contact SAAS for information about how to apply if you can't do it online.
What you'll get
|Year of your course||Amount|
|1, 2 and 3||£6,578|
The amount of bursary you get is reduced by 25% in the fourth year of your course because it's shorter.
Other financial support for nursing and midwifery students
You may be able to get other financial support if you're studying a nursing or midwifery course including:
- Childcare Allowance - to help with the costs of childcare
- Initial Expenses Allowance - a one-off payment of up to £60 in the first year of your course
- Dependant's Allowance – to help if you have children, or you're the legal guardian for younger brothers or sisters, or a spouse or partner
- Single Parents Allowance – to help with finances if you're a single parent
- Nursing and Midwifery Discretionary Fund - if you're having financial difficulties
You will also be able to apply for placement expenses during your course.
What happens next
After you've applied, you can check your application's progress by going to your online account.
If your application is successful SAAS send an 'award notice' to your online account. This will tell you how much you will get.
Find out how to appeal if your application isn't successful on the SAAS website.
Other financial support
There may be other bursaries, grants, scholarships and loans that you can apply for.
Once you've started your studies, there is support and money available to help you if you have a financial emergency at university.