Funding through the NHS

This page has information on the financial support available from the NHS for health students throughout the UK. 

The financial support available for students taking approved courses in a number of health professions changed in August 2017.

For most students in England, financial support is now available from the Student Loans Company Read more about this financial support 

Do any healthcare students still receive NHS financial support?

Transitional arrangements students are those studying on an eligible postgraduate course, part time course, dental therapy course or dental hygiene course starting between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018 and can receive support as follows.

Postgraduate students - The Government has continued to provide a bursary for tuition and maintenance to meet the full costs of the course for a capped number of postgraduate students applying for postgraduate courses leading to registration (including masters and postgraduate diplomas/certificates) starting between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018. 

Part-time students - The Government has continued to provide a maintenance bursary for part-time courses for the duration of the course for a capped number of new students starting between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018. Part-time students will have access to tuition fee loans through the standard student finance route. 

Dental hygiene and dental therapy courses - The government has continued to provide a bursary for tuition and maintenance to meet the full costs of the course for a capped number of students applying for dental hygiene and dental therapy starting between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018. 

Applications for the bursary mentioned above will need to be made through the NHS Business Services Authority

Healthcare education funding for postgraduate, dental hygiene and dental therapy students starting after 1 August 2018

Postgraduate students - Subject to parliamentary approval, from August 2018 new postgraduate pre-registration nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students will access loans from the Student Loans Company.

Accessing loans will provide these students with at least 25% more up-front living cost support while they study. They will have access to the Learning Support Fund, administered by the NHS Business Services Authority, for support while attending clinical placements.

Dental hygiene and dental therapy students - From August 2018, most pre-registration dental hygiene and dental therapy students will be able to access loans. This will enable them to be at least 25% better off while they study, and to have access to the Learning Support Fund.

For the cohort starting in 2018 to 2019 only, students at 5 institutions will continue to have access to an NHS bursary for the duration of their course. These providers will be required to reform their courses to fit the standard model from August 2019.

Read more about the changes on the Gov.uk website

Additional NHS financial support

Students not eligible for an NHS bursary may be able to access elements of the Learning Support Fund, which relates to costs associated with travel, childcare and hardship.  

These are provided by the NHS Business Services Authority for students.

Visit the NHS BSA website for further details of the Learning Support Fund. 

Further information

Financial support for students in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland may differ from the information listed above. Please click on the relevant section below for more information.

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