How is life with the nursing bursary? (Scotland) Is it actually £500 a month?

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lee_9797
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I can see the advantages and disadvantages, but I really don't know. So you get money you don't have to pay back (also does it actually work out to £500 a month?), but you work full time half the year whilst also keeping on top of course work. Does the bursary help make ends meet? Or have yous found yourselves need to take up work when not on placement?
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(Original post by lee_9797)
I can see the advantages and disadvantages, but I really don't know. So you get money you don't have to pay back (also does it actually work out to £500 a month?), but you work full time half the year whilst also keeping on top of course work. Does the bursary help make ends meet? Or have yous found yourselves need to take up work when not on placement?
Yes, it's about 540 per month. Honestly, I wouldn't have managed on the bursary alone. Most people either have a job or help from parents/savings. It's possible to manage on the bursary alone if you live at home, but less easy if you want to move out.

Most people do have jobs alongside the course, but whether you can balance that and studying really depends on your own personality and how much stress you can deal with.
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I managed on the bursary just fine whilst living away from home! That being said I also got maintenance loan and maintenance grant! It was tight enough but it was most certainly liveable!
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Also interested in this! My biggest concern is managing my finances with limited ability to work alongside the course. It seems like most people do some bank work to get extra income, has anyone done something else to make money?
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Wow, I got £623 a month (I’m in Scotland) and next year it goes up to £888 a month and it will increase the following year aswell, which is the last year of my degree (I’m going a three year bachelors of science in adult nursing). In Scotland, the bursaries tend to increase.
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