Grants & bursaries
Some means-tested bursaries may be available. Undergraduate Orthoptic students are eligible for a reduced rate LEA student loan. Please take up specific queries with your local advisers. Tuition fees are paid for the Scottish undergraduate course but not the English ones.
NHS Bursaries page http://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/Students.aspx
Irish students may be able to avail grant assistance through the Irish Department of Health and Children; Contact your local orthoptic department for more details
Bursaries in Scotland
The NHS Scotland orthoptist bursary for students is in its 5th year. Up to £2,000 can be awarded to student orthoptists willing to commit to seeking employment in Scotland.
NHS Scotland is based on a co-operative, partnership model with healthcare provided by 14 Health Boards ranging from the rural settings of the Highlands, Borders and Dumfries and Galloway to the city based Boards including Glasgow, Lothian (Edinburgh), Tayside (Dundee) and Grampian (Aberdeen).
The bursary is funded through NHS Education for Scotland (NES), one of the national special health boards. NES' remit is to deliver educational solutions for workforce development and the bursary is one way by which NES is supporting the recruitment and retention of orthoptics.
If you would like to know more, please visit NES Scotland http://www.nes.scot.nhs.uk/
Grants in Scotland
Course fees are paid for eligible students by the Scottish Awards Agency (SAAS).
To be eligible you must be ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom on the relevant date. If your place of ordinary residence is Scotland, you can apply to us for the full support package available. This is your tuition fees, an income-assessed Scottish Government Health Directorate bursary, a non income-assessed student loan and supplementary grants.
If your place of ordinary residence is elsewhere in the UK, you can apply for all of the above, except your student loan, which you should apply for in your home country. In making an application please add the following details:
Admissions, Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow G4 0BA
Tel 0141 331 3334
For more information visit the SAAS website