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STUDENT DEBATE

Is the bursary system fair?

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Do you feel the bursary system is able to meet the needs of those studying nursing?

Here at Student NT we are frequently hearing from students who are struggling financially, some even considering dropping off their course because they can’t afford to continue. Many of those experiencing problems tell us they are disadvantaged by the bursary system due to living with parents, not having travel expenses reimbursed or not recieving the amount they expected.

  • Have you had problems with your bursury?
  • Do you always recieve the amount you expect, when you expected it?
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Readers' comments (4)

  • There are varying degrees of financial difficulty which some have experienced and others not - personally, I am broke! To the wire broke, no support from parents, local authorities, no savings, have worked for minimum wage in a care home for six months since coming off JSA and housing benefit for my tiny terraced house, I also have no car, no assets etc. For this reason I intend to be grateful for and make do with whatever 'free' money they will give me, so as to support myself and hopefully keep my house, for the next three years!! Part time work on the bank etc is always an option for those not put off by jolly hard graft!!

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  • Katie Sutton

    The bursary system assumes that students living with their parents are not only fully subsidised but financially supported as well. I'm 26 years old, I don't get pocket money anymore, and not only that, I get charged rent/bills. I'm literally scraping by and have no idea how I'll cope in third year when the student loan amount is inexplicably lower.

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  • Rachael Starkey

    My bursary doesn't cover my rent/bills, let alone the costs of travelling to placement, or such luxuries as food.... juggling a job along with everything we do for the course makes it much harder than it should be. I'm with Katie on my fears for 3rd year- no idea how I'm going to manage! Travel costs to placement get reimbursed, but you have to have it in the bank to pay it in the first place... Not to mention that it can take weeks to get it back. Am still waiting for claim from June to be paid, despite numerous (costly) phonecalls!

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  • I'm the same with my Bursary, I'm first year and have had to do a lot of travelling to placement. My bursary doesn't cover my student accomadation or food either. I think it's unfairly done as living in halls is increasingly expensive.

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