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Hi!

I have an undergraduate which I got 7 years ago and secured SFE funding for tuition fee and maintenance loans which I have been paying off every month. I also secured an MSc loan from SFE. Neither are in healthcare subjects.

I have since explored my options and I am interested in the Pre-Registration Occupational Therapy MSc. The course is 2 years full time and I understand under new rules as of Sept 2020 this qualifies for a tuition fee loan from SFE.

My question is - is this correct? Can I apply for a second SFE tuition fee loan for this OT pre-registration MSc. If so - how likely is this to be approved?

Secondly - does this funding also include the option of taking out a second maintenance loan for the course?

I have read everything I can online but there’s a lot of conflicting advice online and I would appreciate any guidance! Thanks
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Hi!

I have an undergraduate which I got 7 years ago and secured SFE funding for tuition fee and maintenance loans which I have been paying off every month. I also secured an MSc loan from SFE. Neither are in healthcare subjects.

I have since explored my options and I am interested in the Pre-Registration Occupational Therapy MSc. The course is 2 years full time and I understand under new rules as of Sept 2020 this qualifies for a tuition fee loan from SFE.

My question is - is this correct? Can I apply for a second SFE tuition fee loan for this OT pre-registration MSc. If so - how likely is this to be approved?

Secondly - does this funding also include the option of taking out a second maintenance loan for the course?

I have read everything I can online but there’s a lot of conflicting advice online and I would appreciate any guidance! Thanks
Good morning Elizabeth,

For the 2019/20 and 2020/21 AY we will fund the following Allied Health Professional courses;
• Chiropody
• Dental hygiene (Honours degree, diploma or foundation degree)
• Dental therapy (Honours degree, diploma or foundation degree)
• Dental hygiene and dental therapy (Joint or dual honours)
• Dietetics
• Dietetics and nutrition
• Midwifery (Degree or diploma level)
• Nursing (Degree or diploma level)
• Nursing and social work
• Occupational therapy
• Operating department practice (Degree or diploma level)
• Orthoptics
• Physiotherapy
• Podiatry
• Prosthetics and Orthotics
• Radiography
• Radiotherapy
• Speech and language therapy


We don't know if this list is staying the same for 21/22 yet. If it does stay the same then you will be eligible to apply for full funding.]

Funding you can apply for (if eligible):

http://ow.ly/p35530oSeMy - Tuition Fee Loan
http://ow.ly/CRjh30oSeNR - Maintenance Loan
http://ow.ly/vqIu30oSeQj - Disabled Students Allowance (if applicable)
http://ow.ly/gnzO30oSeQS -Childcare Grant (if applicable)
http://ow.ly/BHxe30oSeRu - Adult Dependant Grant (if applicable)
http://ow.ly/duTB30oSeTa - Parents Learning Allowance (if applicable)
https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/nhs-learni...training-grant - NHS Grant (if NHS state you are eligible)

You can click each link to find out more.
Thanks, Isaac
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Good morning Elizabeth,

For the 2019/20 and 2020/21 AY we will fund the following Allied Health Professional courses;
• Chiropody
• Dental hygiene (Honours degree, diploma or foundation degree)
• Dental therapy (Honours degree, diploma or foundation degree)
• Dental hygiene and dental therapy (Joint or dual honours)
• Dietetics
• Dietetics and nutrition
• Midwifery (Degree or diploma level)
• Nursing (Degree or diploma level)
• Nursing and social work
• Occupational therapy
• Operating department practice (Degree or diploma level)
• Orthoptics
• Physiotherapy
• Podiatry
• Prosthetics and Orthotics
• Radiography
• Radiotherapy
• Speech and language therapy


We don't know if this list is staying the same for 21/22 yet. If it does stay the same then you will be eligible to apply for full funding.]

Funding you can apply for (if eligible):

http://ow.ly/p35530oSeMy - Tuition Fee Loan
http://ow.ly/CRjh30oSeNR - Maintenance Loan
http://ow.ly/vqIu30oSeQj - Disabled Students Allowance (if applicable)
http://ow.ly/gnzO30oSeQS -Childcare Grant (if applicable)
http://ow.ly/BHxe30oSeRu - Adult Dependant Grant (if applicable)
http://ow.ly/duTB30oSeTa - Parents Learning Allowance (if applicable)
https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/nhs-learni...training-grant - NHS Grant (if NHS state you are eligible)

You can click each link to find out more.
Thanks, Isaac
Hi Isaac,

Thanks for replying and clarifying, that’s good to know. I have applied to start in September 2021.

Do you know when the new lists will be available to determine if this is staying the same for 2021/22?

Also - if you receive funding for one year of a two year MSc, will you automatically receive it for the full course or could this be changed half way through?

Thanks!
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Hi Isaac,

Thanks for replying and clarifying, that’s good to know. I have applied to start in September 2021.

Do you know when the new lists will be available to determine if this is staying the same for 2021/22?

Also - if you receive funding for one year of a two year MSc, will you automatically receive it for the full course or could this be changed half way through?

Thanks!
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You're welcome. For the undergraduate funding you must apply every year. You will be eligible in your second year if you are eligible in your first year as long as you don't break your eligibility, for example by moving outside of the UK.

The list I provided is from our internal guidance, I don't expect it to change but it will be updated by the time the application launches(March). You can send us another message in March if you would like to double check everything.

I advise you to apply for funding as soon as the application launches.
Thanks, Isaac
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You're welcome. For the undergraduate funding you must apply every year. You will be eligible in your second year if you are eligible in your first year as long as you don't break your eligibility, for example by moving outside of the UK.

The list I provided is from our internal guidance, I don't expect it to change but it will be updated by the time the application launches(March). You can send us another message in March if you would like to double check everything.

I advise you to apply for funding as soon as the application launches.
Thanks, Isaac
This is very helpful, thank you so much!
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This is very helpful, thank you so much!
You're welcome. I hope you have a lovely evening and good luck with your future studies
Thanks, Isaac
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Hi, I'm also starting this course in July, although am having issues with the student finance form as the MSc Occupational therapy option is not there and only showing the undergraduate 3 years, I have been advised to apply for undergrad finance, so as said above you apply each year, which I remember from my undergrad, so does that mean i just apply for the 3 year funding and only do it for the two years i'm studyng? If that makes sense
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Hi, I'm also starting this course in July, although am having issues with the student finance form as the MSc Occupational therapy option is not there and only showing the undergraduate 3 years, I have been advised to apply for undergrad finance, so as said above you apply each year, which I remember from my undergrad, so does that mean i just apply for the 3 year funding and only do it for the two years i'm studyng? If that makes sense
Hi Jodie, you will need to speak with your university if you can't find the course on the database. As this means they have not updated the database/added the course.

You should select the 2 year version if you are only studying for 2 years.
Thanks, Isaac
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Hi Isaac,To clarify then:1 - if you are applying for the Occupational Therapy MSc Pre-Registration for 2021/22 (assuming this includes February 2022 course start dates), will we get both course fees and a maintenance loan (i.e. the same amount as money as for undergraduate)?2 - Also, its right that this doesnt depend on what funding you got for undergraduate?3 - And finally, how do you pay all these loans back? Do you just have the undergrad and MSc loans summed together and you pay one tax contribution back when you start earning enough, or do you pay back both loans separately?
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Hi Isaac,To clarify then:1 - if you are applying for the Occupational Therapy MSc Pre-Registration for 2021/22 (assuming this includes February 2022 course start dates), will we get both course fees and a maintenance loan (i.e. the same amount as money as for undergraduate)?2 - Also, its right that this doesnt depend on what funding you got for undergraduate?3 - And finally, how do you pay all these loans back? Do you just have the undergrad and MSc loans summed together and you pay one tax contribution back when you start earning enough, or do you pay back both loans separately?
Hi there,

if you are applying for the Occupational Therapy MSc Pre-Registration for 2021/22 (assuming this includes February 2022 course start dates), will we get both course fees and a maintenance loan (i.e. the same amount as money as for undergraduate)?

You should apply for undergraduate funding for your postgraduate healthcare course. You can apply for all funding I listed above.

- Also, its right that this doesnt depend on what funding you got for undergraduate
Your previous study will not affect eligibility.

And finally, how do you pay all these loans back? Do you just have the undergrad and MSc loans summed together and you pay one tax contribution back when you start earning enough, or do you pay back both loans separately?
You can find out more information here https://www.gov.uk/repaying-your-stu...n/what-you-pay or by contacting our repayments team on Facebook/Twitter or calling 0300 100 0611.

Thanks, Isaac
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