Students who meet the relevant eligibility criteria are able to access a bursary of £8,100 / year (excluding final year students who are provided with a bursary of £6,075) to go towards their living costs. This bursary is not means-tested and so the amount that you receive will not be affected by your income. Depending on your situation, you may be able to access additional allowances to assist with a range of circumstances including cost of childcare, being a lone parent and with extra costs or expenses that you may incur whilst studying as a direct result of a disability. Further information can be found here.
Nursing students can also claim expenses for some of the extra travel and accommodation costs associated with undertaking a clinical placement.
Full information on how to apply for funding support from the Scottish Government can be found at this link.
Nursing students in receipt of the Nursing and Midwifery Student Bursary do not get charged tuition fees. Instead, the Scottish Government pays these directly to the university.
The cost of living in Edinburgh often outstrips the current value of the Nursing and Midwifery Student Bursary. Whilst part-time employment, assistance from family and (where relevant) access to benefits and tax credits may help mitigate this, we would encourage all prospective nursing students to explore their eligibility for extra funding from charitable trusts and grants prior to starting their degree programme.
If you are a current student and experiencing financial difficulties, please get in touch with The Advice Place. Our welfare team will be able to offer information and advice on a range of topics including managing debts, budgeting, entitlement to benefits and additional funding opportunities, including the Nursing and Midwifery Discretionary Fund.