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 

Will any healthcare students still receive NHS financial support?

Postgraduate students - The Government 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) who started in 2017/18. The Government will set out arrangements for 2018/19 onwards for postgraduate courses leading to registration in due course.

Part-time students - The Government continued to provide a maintenance bursary for part-time courses for the duration of the course for a capped number of new students who started in 2017/18. Part-time students will have access to tuition fee loans through the standard student finance route. 

Dental hygiene and dental therapy courses - The government 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 who started courses in 2017/18. The Government will set out arrangements for 201/19 onwards in due course.

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

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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