Government responds to health course funding consultation
Following a consultation on reforms to the education funding for nursing, midwifery and allied health professional (AHP) students, the Government has set out its plans for funding health courses from 2017.
The plans include the announcement that students taking a nursing, midwifery or allied health professional subject as a second degree will be able to apply for a student loan on the same terms as anyone studying one of these subjects as a first degree.
The Government has confirmed the following points:
- support for childcare costs - there will be an additional payment of £1,000 each year for students with child dependents to reflect that students undertaking clinical placements may have higher childcare costs than the wider student population
- travel and dual accommodation - the Government will provide healthcare students with the £303 that they would have to pay upfront as an excess liable for student payment on the student loans system. The Government will cover the cost of students who have to pay for secondary accommodation whilst attending clinical placements if the case for educational provision and value for money is demonstrated
- postgraduate students - a bursary for tuition and maintenance will meet the full costs of the course for postgraduate students starting in 2017/18. This will be a transitional arrangement to secure the longer term workforce supply and the intention is for these courses to eventually fit the standard student funding model
- exceptional hardship - the Government will work with experts such as the RCN to provide bursary payments in cases of exceptional hardship, where students meet eligibility requirements
- dental hygiene and dental therapy - until a long-term funding solution is found for these subjects, the Government will fund a capped number of dental hygiene and dental therapy students on the 2017/18 cohort on the same, non-repayable terms as under the current system
- second undergraduate degrees - students who are planning to undertake nursing, midwifery and allied health professional subjects as a second degree will be able to access the standard student support system, on the same terms as students studying for a first degree
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