Uni Bursaries

Hi,

I am looking at going back to work & would like to train to be a midwife. However, I have 2 children 8 & 6, one on DLA, I am on the following (ATM):

Income support
Carer's Allowance
Child Tax Credits
Child Benefit
DLA (child's)
Council Tax Benefit
Housing Benefit

What I would like to know is, are the Bursaries counted as income? If so, I guess I would lose IS & CA then the HB & CB would be affected. If it is, then how do I pay for the course fees which are approx. £9K for 3 yrs. (I have read on a RGN site that it is counted as income, therefore people are losing their JSA, IS etc). I did an online bursary calculator which said I may be able to claim up to £5k per year... Which wouldn't even cover half my priority outgoings...
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  • nimbo
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    http://www.nhscareers.nhs.uk/explore-by-career/nursing/training-to-be-a-nurse/financial-support-for-pre-registration-nursing-students/

    Financial support for pre-registration nursing students

    Financial support

    All students on university courses in nursing leading to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council are eligible for financial help from the NHS while studying.

    All eligible students will usually:
    • have their tution fees paid in full
    • receive a £1,000 grant each year
    • be eligible to apply for an additional means-tested bursary of up to £4,395 per year. Students in London will qualify for more (up to £5,460)
    Note: the above arrangements relate to students who started their course since September 2012.



    this site details what you would be able to claim in bursaries etc...

    https://www.gov.uk/benefits-adviser this should help with the benefits bits - it can be very specific to the exact situations...



    there can also be charitable trusts that may be able to help.



    do you already have a degree - what qualifications do you have, and are you able to get any experience that may help set you apart from other candidates?

    A friend has been applying for the last three years to get onto a midwifery degree and it is really competitive.

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  • Hi Nimbo,

    Thank you for that. I haven't any qualification or degrees relevant to Nursing. Just something I wanted to do after I had my first child. Also looking into doing a training course for a Doula - slightly cheaper...
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  • nimbo
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    I'm fairly certain that the fees are not loans, and as such you wouldn't have to pay them back....

    Good luck - sorry I couldn't be more help on the benefits front.

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  • flea72
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    Tuition fees are paid by NHS and you get a means tested bursary on top (go to the nhs bursary website and use the calculator)

    You can still get cb and ctc and students dont pay council tax. I think you loose all your other benefits except your childs DLA

    In monetary terms the bursary should be more than you currently get in benefits. those i know on my nhs funded course, who have come off IS, say they are better off on nhs funding
  • elaine373
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    Hello and sorry to butt in on this thread, but I was wondering, how do you know if you have claimed everything you can? I am about to embark on an adult nursing degree. My NHs bursary is sorted and I have also claimed a maintenance grant. My tuition fees are being paid (so grateful for this) but as greedy as it sounds, I want to make sure i havent missed anything. I will be the main bread winner for my family.my husband signs on at the moment, but this will stop when I start Uni. Can I claim anything else? Many thanks.
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    elaine373 wrote: »
    Hello and sorry to butt in on this thread, but I was wondering, how do you know if you have claimed everything you can? I am about to embark on an adult nursing degree. My NHs bursary is sorted and I have also claimed a maintenance grant. My tuition fees are being paid (so grateful for this) but as greedy as it sounds, I want to make sure i havent missed anything. I will be the main bread winner for my family.my husband signs on at the moment, but this will stop when I start Uni. Can I claim anything else? Many thanks.

    When you are in receipt of an nhs bursary, you arent entitled to any of the other finance that is available to non nhs students, ie hardship funds, uni based bursaries etc. its nhs bursary and nothing else

    My DD is starting uni this year and with maintenance loan, grant and additional uni bursary, she is getting roughly double my nhs bursary. Ok the nhs bursary is free money, but if i had the choice i would rather have access to more money now rather than worry about owing more, when i graduate
  • elaine373
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    flea72 wrote: »
    When you are in receipt of an nhs bursary, you arent entitled to any of the other finance that is available to non nhs students, ie hardship funds, uni based bursaries etc. its nhs bursary and nothing else

    My DD is starting uni this year and with maintenance loan, grant and additional uni bursary, she is getting roughly double my nhs bursary. Ok the nhs bursary is free money, but if i had the choice i would rather have access to more money now rather than worry about owing more, when i graduate

    So that's why I can't find the extra help. Thank you, it makes sense now.
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    Apologies for the long post but am asking this on behalf of my sister who is going to first year in uni and i didnt study in England so dunno how this works....

    She is going to Northumbria Uni to study a Social Work degree.
    for year 1 i know (based on my mums income and its been confirmed)
    - student loan company - 4k per year loan plus 3.4k in grants payable in sept, jan and apr. Also seperate loan will cover the c.9k fees for the year.
    - bursary from uni - 4k per year standard bursary (1k payable in jan, feb, apr and may) plus a 2k bursary for academic results

    Q1 - does anyone know when the academic results bursary is paid - i assume its the start of the academic year to help ease cash flows problems?

    In 2nd year she is then eligible to potentially get the NHS bursary.

    Q2. Do I have it right in that in qualifying for this (I assume its the top x% in the country are awarded this) it is on top of the current finances above, i.e it acts as an incentive to get good results and you are given what is basically a reward for this. Surely its not instead of the current bursaries as I dont really see that making any difference (NHS bursary would just replace the current uni bursary, no?)

    Q3. What are the amounts of the NHS bursary, is it means tested, when is it paid etc - struggling to find good info on this


    Help on this would be much appreciated.

    Cheers
  • silvercar
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    I have heard of bursaries based on academic results to attract the highest achieving candidates. so they are given to those that meet certain grades on entry. Not sure if it is paid annually up front (to ease cash flow) or termly (assists budgetting).
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  • Tergat
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    Thanks for that Silver!

    Anyone else any advice on the rest?
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