A GUIDE TO STUDENT BURSARIES FOR PRE-REGISTRATION NURSING AND MIDWIFERY COURSES
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This leaflet describes the Nursing and Midwifery Student Bursary Scheme (NMSB), who is eligible for it, what it is and how you can apply for it. The scheme is administered by the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).
In general, whatever course you are taking, students undertaking courses in pre-registration nursing and midwifery leading to the award of a degree or Diploma in Higher Education may be eligible for a bursary under the NMSB scheme.
From 1 August 2002 all new nursing and midwifery students will have to meet 3-year residence criteria.
From 1 August 2002, students beginning honours degree courses and honours degree students who started their courses in autumn 2001 will be able to apply for a bursary.
From 1 August 2002 nursing and midwifery students will be able to apply for the Disabled Students' Allowance.
From 1 August 2003 single parent nursing and midwifery students will be able to apply for assistance towards their childcare costs.
1. Course eligibility
Bursaries are for eligible students attending courses which:
enable you to qualify for registration on parts 10,12, 13, 14 or 15 of the Professional Register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC);
are funded by the Scottish Executive Health Department (SEHD)
2. Residence eligibility
If you begin your course after 31 July 2002 you must satisfy the same prior residence rules as apply to undergraduate students in the general higher education system. You must have been ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom and Islands (Channel Islands and Isle of Man) for the three years immediately before the relevant date (the first day of the first academic year of the course). There will be 2 relevant dates; to reflect the 2 start dates for nursing and midwifery courses. These dates will be 1 January and 1 August. If you are not a UK national you must also have been settled in the UK within the meaning of the Immigration Act 1971 on the same relevant dates. Students who have been living outside the UK and Islands because they or their family were temporarily employed abroad may be treated as if their ordinary residence in the UK and Islands had not been interrupted.
You must also be ordinarily resident in the UK on the first day of the first academic year of your course. We will not consider that you have been ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom if your main purpose in coming here was for education and you would have otherwise have been living elsewhere.
3. Students from abroad
If you do not satisfy the usual residence conditions for support outlined above you may still be eligible for assistance in certain circumstances. Assistance may be available to:
UK nationals returning from work in other member states of the European Union (EU) or from elsewhere in the European Economic Area (EEA);
Nationals and husbands or wives of nationals of other EU member states, and Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein, who have migrant worker status, or whose parents are, or have been, migrant workers in the UK;
People recognised as refugees by the British Government and their husbands or wives and children;
People who have been granted exceptional leave to enter or remain in the UK and their husbands or wives and children.
4. Students from the European Union
If you are, or your parents are, EU nationals and have been ordinarily resident in other member states of the EU or elsewhere in the EEA during the three years before the academic year in which the course begins, and you satisfy the requirements (other than ordinary residence in the UK and Islands) that UK students must satisfy to be eligible for assistance, you may qualify for help with the payment of your tuition fees.
5. Previous assistance from public funds
If you have previously received an award for further or higher education, you can receive a bursary for courses under the NMSB scheme.
However, if you receive a NMSB scheme bursary and subsequently apply for assistance for further or higher education, you may not be entitled to further support. You should seek advice from SAAS about what support, if any, might be available
Section C: SUPPORT FOR NHS EMPLOYEES WHO ENTER NURSING AND MIDWIFERY EDUCATION
1. NHS employers may allow staff a period of secondment to undertake a nursing or midwifery course on the basis of their existing pay and conditions. Your employer must decide whether to allow a secondment and employees do not have a right to secondment on these terms. If your employer is unable to agree to secondment, you may choose to resign in order to undertake the course. In this case, you will be eligible for a bursary. These arrangements and conditions also apply to existing qualified nurses or midwives who wish to convert to parts 10, 12, 13, 14 or 15 of the register.
2. If you are a full time employee seconded by a NHS Trust you should:
receive the basic pay for the post held immediately before start of training, and qualify for increments;
keep your existing liability for tax and National Insurance;
be eligible to join or remain in the NHS Superannuation and Injury Benefits Schemes;
keep your existing rights under the appropriate Whitley Council agreement, with modifications to reflect your student status, e.g. annual leave; and
be expected to undergo exactly the same educational programmes as other students. ( You will not be expected to provide a higher rostered service contribution.)
You and your employer should also have a clear agreement about:
whether or not you will be expected to work, or be given the opportunity to work, for your employer as a qualified nurse or midwife on completion of the course;
how long you will be expected to do such work; and
what will happen if you fail to complete the course.
Your employer must meet your travel and subsistence expenditure during practice placements.
3. If you are a part-time employee seconded by a NHS Trust.
Part-time employees seconded to nursing courses should not suffer financially. Again, it is for your employer to decide whether you should be seconded on your existing part- time salary, or an enhanced salary, to take account of the fact that the nursing and midwifery courses are full time.
The bursary covers the whole year and is made up of 2 elements. If you are taking the four-year honours degree course and you are eligible for a bursary, you will receive the full bursary rate for years 1-3 and a 75% bursary for year 4.
1. A non income-assessed personal allowance.
There are two levels of the personal allowance:
5,700 for students aged under 26 at the start of the course; and
6,418 for students aged 26 or over at the start of the course or graduates who have been accepted for a 2-year training course.
2. An income-assessed Dependant's Allowance, where appropriate.
The maximum amounts you can receive through this allowance are:
For a husband or wife or, if you are single, one adult you have a legal responsibility for with little or no income from any sources.
For the first child where there is no dependant husband or wife, or other dependant adult.
For children 18 or over (at 1 August 2002)
For children 16 or over but under 18 (at 1 August 2002)
For children 11 or over (at 1 August 2002)
For children under 11 (at 1 August 2002)
You may claim this allowance for your husband or wife, dependant children and any younger brothers or sisters for whom you have a legal responsibility. If any of your dependants have income of their own, the total amount will be taken into account but 975 will be allowed against the income your dependants have. For example, if you are married with 2 children and your spouse has income, 3 x 975 = 2,925 will be deducted from your husband's income when calculating the Dependant's Allowance you should receive. What is left of your husband's income following the deduction of 2,925 will reduce the amount payable pound for pound.
Dependant's allowance is paid provisionally and SAAS will reassess your allowance at the end of your year of study when they receive confirmation of the actual income that your dependants received. If SAAS reduce the Dependant's Allowance as a result, you will have to repay the amount you received over your entitlement.
The Dependant's Allowance will be paid with your bursary.
3. Other allowances you may be eligible for are:
53 Initial Expenses Allowance. This will be included in the first instalment of the bursary.
1,152 Additional Allowance for single parents.
Up to 1,075 for formal childcare costs for single parents.
Excess travel costs for travel to clinical placements.
Disabled Students' Allowance
4. Applying for the Bursary and allowances
When you first apply for a place on a nursing or midwifery course you will be sent an application form by the institution that offers you a place. In your second and later years, application forms will be available at your institution in the spring for you to apply to SAAS for a bursary for those years. You must apply for a bursary each year. To ensure that your bursary is ready for you at the start of the second and/or third years of the course you should apply at least 4 weeks before the start of the next academic year.
Once they have processed your application, SAAS will send you a Letter of Award telling you what you will receive. The first instalment for each year will be available for you to pick up at your institution on the first day of your course. Second and subsequent instalments will be paid monthly into your bank.
5. Childcare allowance
From September 2003, there will be a new childcare allowance for lone parents with registered or formal childcare. You may be able to claim for up to 1,075. SAAS will ask you for information about the amounts you pay and your childcare provider.
6. Expenses for clinical placement
Clinical placement is the part of the course that consists of supervised practice in clinical areas. You can claim expenses for some extra travel and reasonable accommodation costs.
Educational or observational visits that are part of the general academic costs of the course should be paid for by your institution. You must meet the cost of daily travel to and from your institution and your normal day-to-day living expenses from the personal allowance of bursary
The amount of your normal daily travelling costs to your institution, (but no more than 5 a day) will be deducted from the costs of placement travel, and the approved difference may be paid.
Travel costs are paid on the basis of the cheapest route and class available for the cheapest journeys concerned. You should take advantage of season tickets, zonecards, and student railcards wherever possible. If you claim more than the cheapest fare available, your claim will be restricted to the cheapest fare.
If public transport is available but you choose to use your own car, expenses will be restricted to the actual cost of the journey by public transport.
If public transport is unavailable or unsuitable (eg for placements in rural areas or where the placement takes place late in the evening), your institution can agree the use of private transport at the current motor mileage rate.
Airfares can be paid where your institution is satisfied they are justified.
You should always seek your institution's agreement in advance if you want to use your own car or to have airfares paid.
You will not be reimbursed for taxi fares, tips, sleeper berths, carriage of luggage or bicycles, parking costs and any travel not directly related to the practice placement.
You can claim for reasonable extra accommodation costs during clinical placements if you have to keep on your base accommodation at your own expense. You may only claim costs in excess of the normal full rent. The cost of all meals, food etc during placement that are not included in accommodation costs (i.e. bed & breakfast) must be met from your personal allowance.
If you live in the family home (instead of lodgings or normal term time accommodation) during clinical placement, you may, at the institution's discretion, claim up to a maximum of 25 per night. You will be asked to provide receipts or written confirmation that you are being charged for the accommodation.
Applying for clinical placement expenses
You should apply for placement expenses quarterly in arrears except:
where you will have a large outlay for travelling expenses, eg flights or ferries, a claim can be paid in advance;
where the costs of travel to clinical placement will cause you undue financial hardship, your institution may allow you to apply in advance, or part way through the placement
Give your completed application form to your institution. They will assess each claim on its merits, deciding the most appropriate method and costs of travel, before passing the approved claim to SAAS who will arrange for payment to your bank account within 3 weeks of receiving the approved claim.
7. Disabled Students Allowance
If you have a disability you may apply to SAAS for certain extra expenses which arise because you are on the course. They will consider paying the following amounts.
Up to 1,525 for any qualifying cost during the academic year.
Up to 11,550 a year for non-medical personal help.
Up to 4,565 for major items of specialist equipment (this is a total amount for the course, not for each year of the course).
8. Studying abroad - Erasmus-Socrates in nursing studies
Some students may be allowed by their institution to undertake part (one module) of their course abroad. Where this period abroad is an integral part of the course, contributing to qualification as a nurse or midwife, and is included in the normal 3 year bursary period (4 years for honours degree students), the bursary will continue to be paid for the period abroad. No additional funding will be available and no travel costs will be paid.
Section E - Information about nursing courses
For more information about pre-registration nursing courses contact the Centralised Applications to Nursing and Midwifery Training Clearing House ("CATCH"):
PO Box 21
Nursing and AHP Education Branch
St Andrew's House
For enquiries about your bursary contact
Nursing and Midwifery Student Bursary Section
3 Redheughs Rigg