Scholarships and Student Funding

Nursing Students

The Scottish Government makes funds available to support nursing students in financial difficulty. This means-tested fund is focused on supporting living costs. It can not help with tuition fees.

This page contains the key information that must be read fully before applying. Incorrect or missing information will delay your application. 

When to apply

This fund is now closed.  Please apply for support via our Financial Support Fund


Who is the fund for?  

This fund helps nursing students who are experiencing severe financial difficulty. You must:

  • be from ScotlandEnglandWales or Northern Ireland and receive full support from your local funding body
  • be from the EU with settled status, and receive an income-assessed award from SAAS or the Student Loans Company
  • have received your first payment of your student maintenance payment
  • have experienced a change in your financial circumstances  

Students in receipt of SAAS of SLC funding must have applied for their full income-assessed student loan, taking the maximum available.

Who isn’t eligible for this fund? 

  • international students

  • UK students who have not applied for or taken their full entitlement of support from their funding body

  • students in receipt of a Nursing and Midwifery Student Bursary

  • students who are registered for exams only  

  • those on multiple repeat years  

  • students who are on an authorised interruption of studies

International nursing students and those who receive a Nursing and Midwifery Student Bursary may qualify for the following fund

Financial support for all students 


What can I get help with? 

You may be eligible for support if you struggle to manage your basic living costs.  

What costs are supported? 

  • shortfalls in living costs 

  • debts that threaten your home or access to essential services 

  • unexpected or emergency cost

What doesn’t qualify for support? 

  • tuition fees 

  • travel costs for study abroad 

  • non-essential debts  


Speak to someone 

Before applying for support, discuss your situation with the Welfare Advisors at the Students’ Association’s Advice Place.  They can advise you on your application and help you access additional support. 

The Advice Place 



The application form sites within EdHelp. You will need your University login to access the form. 

Documents required 

  • Any documentation that supports the information you provide in your personal statement. 

  • 2 months of statements from all the bank accounts you hold, including digital savings accounts, ISAs, cryptocurrency, digital assets, social media wallets, overseas accounts and shared accounts. 

  • 2 months of statements from all the bank accounts your spouse or a partner you live with holds. 

  • Evidence of any income your receive, pay-slips, funding, or student loan award letters. 

  • Evidence of any debt you have, credit card statements or default letters. 

  • A copy of your lease if you rent. 

  • Proof of your mortgage or rent costs. 

  • Evidence of childcare costs you pay. 

Screenshots will not be accepted. Please supply full digital statements or documents, preferably PDFs. Scans of paper documents are also acceptable.

Bank statements should be dated within a week of your application and show the:

  • account holder name 
  • account number 
  • transaction details 
  • current balance. 

Information we will ask you for 

  • your fee status 

  • your family situation, partner, dependents and children 

  • your residency situation 

  • a personal statement explaining why you need financial support 

  • sources of funding you receive 

  • your living situation 

  • your financial situation and any debts you might have 

  • your UK bank account details 

  • how many instalments you would like to be paid in. 


Next steps 

When you submit your application, we will email you a call number. Quote this number when you contact us. 

Getting a decision 

We can receive up to 1,000 applications per year. We do our best to assess applications as quickly as possible. We start assessing your application once all your documentation has been received. Collect all the required documents before starting your application for a faster decision.  

You will receive an email informing you that if you have succeeded.

Your first payment will be transferred to your nominated UK bank account within 10 days. 


How is my application assessed?  

With limited funds we must assess which students most need our help.  

Priority groups 

Priority will be given to students who are: 

  • lone parent 

  • care leavers/care experienced 

  • students estranged from their parents or guardians. 

We evaluate how much money you have in income and savings and how much you spend on essential and non-essential expenses. If you have a shortfall, you may qualify for an award. We will also consider any emergency costs that have arisen. 

We do this by assessing your household income, savings and spending using the documents you provide. We evaluate your essential expenses against a capped amount per week. 

Circumstances that may affect your application

Awards will be reduced or refused in the following circumstances: 

  • Student loans – You have not applied for your full income-based student loan (if you are eligible). 

  • Savings - You have sufficient money available to you in savings. 

  • Non-essential overspending - You spend more than £500 per month on non-essential expenses such as takeaways, alcohol, eating out, clothing or recreation/entertainment. 

  • Gambling - You spend £100 or more per month on gambling 


Disputes, appeals and fraudulent applications

We hope that your application process goes as smoothly as possible. If you have any issues with our decisions, we have a dispute and appeals procedure that you can follow. If we discover that your application or any documents you provide are fraudulent, we will investigate.

Disputes, appeals and fraudulent applications




Frequently asked questions



Scholarships and Financial Support Team

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