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  Funding for Nursing Students

The Student Funding team are available to help with money worries. We provide advice and can guide you to options available to you.​​

In Scotland Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care students are funded by a non-means tested, non-repayable, NHS bursary. Information about this bursary, and any extras that might be available is on the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) website.  Please note that this does NOT apply to Veterinary Nursing Students who are funded by a student loan.

Students from the rest of the UK should apply for a student loan from the awarding body relevant to their country of ordinary residence.  

What help is available?
What if I need help urgently?


What help is available?

Childcare Funds

A childcare allowance for parents is available from SAAS to Scottish student parents who are eligible for the NHS bursary. Student parents from the rest of the UK should refer to the awarding body relevant to their country of ordinary residence. For further details visit Childcare Funds on myNapier.

Other funding sources

Nursing and Midwifery Discretionary Fund

The new Nursing and Midwifery Discretionary fund is allocated by Scottish Ministers and is intended to help eligible students who are in financial difficulty to attend their programme of study.

Awards can be made to assist students with general living costs, accommodation, essential course costs and, in some circumstances, help towards childcare costs.  For more information visit Nursing and Midwifery Discretionary Fund.

Access Bursary for Students from England, Northern Ireland and Wales

The Access Bursary for students from England Wales and Northern Ireland was introduced to help support eligible Nursing and Midwifery students  from England, Wales and Northern Ireland who are from low income families who have a Residual Household Income (RHI) of less than £42,601 and started their programme of study here at Edinburgh Napier University 0n or after September 2017 and have been assessed as having to pay the full rest of UK level of fees.

Merit Bursary for Students from England, Northern Ireland and Wales 

The Edinburgh Napier University Merit Bursary for eligible Nursing and Midwifery students from England, Northern Ireland and Wales is aimed to help support students who:

  • Started their Undergraduate programme of study at Edinburgh Napier University on or after September 2017
  • Achieve BBB or higher in their A-Levels (or equivalent qualifications)
  • Have accepted the university as their Firm choice via UCAS

Trust Funds

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The Student Funding team also manages some other trust funds, scholarships and bursaries.  Applications are open at various different times in the year.  If any trust funds specific to nursing, midwifery or social care become available we will try to alert students directly by email. These funds often become available in September and October each year.  For more information visit Other Trusts & Bursaries on myNapier.

Other funding sources 

If you want to try looking for trust funds or charities yourself, you may find it useful to check the following places first:

The above can usually be found at larger public libraries and possibly also some university libraries.

  • Register of Educational Endowments – maintained by the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) and contains information on Scottish trusts.
  • SAAS can search the register for you if you fill in an application.
  • Scholarship search websites are the Scholarship Search and the Scholarship Hub

What if I need help urgently?

Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care students cannot apply for financial help from the University’s Discretionary and Childcare Funds. This is because the money for these funds is provided by the government department which manages funding for non-nursing students.

If you are in urgent financial difficulty ENSA advisers at Edinburgh Napier Students Association (ENSA) may be able to help. ENSA Advice also offers independent advice and support in managing debt, as well as a range of other issues, during your studies.

Contact us

For further information email

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