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Social Work Bursaries Guide

Bursary Funding for Social Work Students

Are you a student on one of the approved undergraduate or postgraduate social work courses? If so, this social work bursaries guide is for you.

A social work bursary, available from the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA), can help cover your tuition fees and living expenses while you study.

Social Work Bursaries from NHSBSA

How Much is a Social Work Bursary 2022?

Social work bursary allowances vary. But, getting a grant does not depend on your household income and there would be no requirement to pay it back.

As a rule, the total amount that you can get will depend on:

For example:

If you meet the eligible criteria for funding, your university will grant you a bursary place. If so, the standard rate of basic non-income assessed bursary will include a fixed amount of Placement Travel Allowance (PTA).

As a graduate doing an undergraduate social work course, you would be able to apply for the Maintenance Loan part of the main student finance package.

Social Work Bursary Payment Frequency

NHSBSA will need to receive confirmation from the university that you are attending the course. Following that, social work bursaries will be paid directly to the student as three (3) separate termly instalments during each academic year.

Note: Disabled postgraduate students may qualify for extra financial help through NHSBSA Student Services.

Social Work Bursary Eligibility Criteria

These types of bursaries are only available for social work students who are not already getting funding from an employer, and:

A list of approved Higher Education Institution (HEI) based social work courses, includes:

Note: If you are unsure, your university or college will be able to confirm whether your course qualifies (or not).

The student finance application guide contains further information on how undergraduate students may also be eligible for extra help from the main student finance package.

But, studying any of the employment-based courses (including direct Open University courses) means you would be ineligible for a social work bursary.

How to Apply for Social Work Bursary

The NHS Business Services Authority guidance notes for social work students contains the application form and the address to send it.

The deadline for 2017 to 2018 bursary applications will depend on when you started your course:

Important: The evidence needed to support a social work bursary application might include a proof of identity (e.g. your birth certificate or valid passport).

Social Work Bursaries Guide for United Kingdom