Funding through the NHS

This page has information on the financial support available for health students throughout the UK. It also includes information on the transitional arrangements for students starting their courses in 2017 following changes made to NHS bursary system in England. 

The financial support available for students taking approved courses in a number of health professions is changing from 1st August 2017. Click here for more details

Will any healthcare students still receive NHS financial support?

Postgraduate students - The government will continue 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 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 will continue to provide a maintenance bursary for part-time courses for the duration of the course for a capped number of new students starting 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 will continue 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 courses starting 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

This will be provided by the NHS Business Services Authority for students on healthcare courses.

Travel and dual accommodation expenses

All students on an eligible programme will be entitled to claim travel and accommodation expenses. These must be costs incurred over and above daily travel costs and must be related to essential practice placements. The Business Services Authority will publish further information in due course.

For dual accommodation, students can claim £55 per night for commercial accommodation (e.g. hotel, bed and breakfast and £25 per night for non-commercial accommodation).

Support for childcare costs

In addition to the Childcare Grant available through the standard SLC support package, students who meet the eligibility criteria and have eligible child dependants, can apply for the Child Dependants Allowance. This is an additional £1,000 per year for each year of study (pro rata if studying less than full-time) and is not related to the number of dependents a student has. The Business Services Authority will publish further information in due course.

Exceptional Support Fund (Hardship)

There will be an Exceptional Support Fund available for eligible students facing severe hardship, of up to £3,000 per year. This is in addition to sources of exceptional hardship funding support which students may be eligible for at their university of study. The Business Services Authority will publish further information in due course.

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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