Funding for Nursing Students

Scottish Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care students are funded by a non-means tested, non-repayable, NHS bursary.
 
 

For Information about this bursary, and any extras that might be available click here

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 loanfrom the awarding body relevant to their country of ordinary residence.

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.

 
 

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. 

The fund is now CLOSED.

If you are a student from England, Wales or Northern Ireland you may also want to consider your eligibility for:-

Access Bursary for Students from England, Northern Ireland and Wales

Merit Bursary for Students from England, Northern Ireland and Wales 

External 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.

  • Student Cashpoint
  • 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 studentfunding@napier.ac.uk