Financial support for medical and dental students
Students on university courses in medicine (recognised by the General Medical Council) and dentistry (recognised by the General Dental Council) may be eligible for financial help from the NHS as part of their course.
This page describes the funding arrangements for those studying medicine on standard five year and accelerated courses.
If you are accepted onto an approved course, you might be eligible to receive financial support from the NHS. The timing of when this is provided depends on the type of course you are doing.
Funding for undergraduate students on standard five-year courses
Gaining admission to the standard five-year courses means you are entitled to receive student loans from Student Finance England for maintenance and tuition fees in the first four years.
From year five onwards, tuition fees will be paid by the NHS Student Bursary Scheme and you will be eligible to apply for a means-tested NHS bursary to cover maintenance costs and a reduced maintenance loan from Student Finance England.
Students starting from September 2012 will also have access to a non-means tested grant of £1,000 as part of their NHS Bursary award.
These funding arrangements will continue to apply if you are starting your studies between September 2016 and 1 August 2017.
Graduates on five year courses in medicine and dentistry
The arrangements for graduate medical and dental students on a five year course are different. In the first four years of the course, they would not be eligible to receive a loan for tuition fees or a maintenance grant regardless of whether or not they have previously received funding. However, students may be able to apply for a full, income based, maintenance loan from Student Finance England. From year five of the training, graduate medical and dental students receive the same support as undergraduate medical and dental students (see above).
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Funding for 2017/18 is not known yet.
The Government has announced plans that universities in England will be able to increase tuition fees above £9,000 from autumn 2017, if they have high-quality teaching.
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Graduate-entry students starting an accelerated 4-year course between September 2016 and 1 August 2017 will have to self-fund the first £3,465 of their tuition fees in the first year. In the subsequent years of their course, the NHS Bursary scheme will pay £3,465 towards their tuition fees.
In all years of the graduate programme, a loan of up to £5,535 will be available to students from Student Finance England to cover the difference between £3,465 and the tuition charges of their universities, to a maximum charge of £9,000.
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Contact the university/universities you are planning to apply to, to find out if the course you are applying to is an approved course and attracts NHS financial support. Use our coursefinder to search for approved courses.
To be eligible for financial support from the NHS, you must meet certain criteria. Please visit the NHS Student Bursaries' website for more information including:
- eligibility requirements
- the financial support available
- an online bursary calculator
- how the process of applying for financial support works
- frequently asked questions
- the latest rates
- details of the adoption award
- details of the maternity support award
You may also find the following publications giving sources for financial help at your local library.
- The Education Grants Advisory Service, c/o Family Welfare Association, 501/505 Kingsland Road, Dalston, London E8 4AU
- The Education grants directories: Smyth J and Wallace K. Directory for Social Change
- Charities digest: Chapman M., Waterlow Information
Additional information for prospective medical students
See also the Medical Student Finance Guide on the British Medical Association website. This explains the financial arrangements as they apply to medical students including the payment of tuition fees, student loans and other support for maintenance costs.