Nursing or midwifery bursary

Last updated: 15 June 2017

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'

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.

You must:

  • 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.

How to apply

Apply online

You can apply for this bursary online. To do this you can login with your SAAS account or register if you don't have an account.

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
4 £4,934

The amount of bursary you get is reduced by 25% in the fourth year of your course because it's shorter.

If you leave your course you may have to pay back some of the bursary.

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

Find out more information about this extra help and how to apply on the SAAS website.

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.