Student Nurses to pay back £25k Bursary if they leave Wales

The Welsh government has revealed that student nurses will be expected to pay back up to £25,000 in fees if they leave Wales.

Last year the Welsh government announced it planned to retain bursaries for student nurses under the condition that, once qualified, Nurses must commit to working in Wales for at least two years. England announced last year that student nurses would no longer receive bursary and instead would be required to take out student loans.

Information on the 2017-2018 bursary scheme has now been published online.


Nurses who leave Wales within the first two years will be required to pay back a propionate amount.

  • 0 to 6 months - £25,000.
  • 6 months to a year - £19,125.
  • 1 year to 18 months - £12,750.
  • 18 months to 2 years - £8,500.
  • 2 years plus - Nil.

Additionally, Nurses who don’t continue to work in Wales will be expected to pay back any additional grant funding they received via the means-tested element of the bursary scheme.

Students who failed to complete their course will also be expected to pay back any fees and grants at a propagate amount.

Alison Davies, Associate Director of Professional Practice, said; ”The RCN in Wales is pleased to see this commitment by the Welsh government to maximise the financial support available to student nurses, with the aim of securing the number of registered nurses needed to meet the health needs of the people of Wales into the future, as well as the requirements of the Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Act 2016".

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