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People who did graduate entry medicine, how did you fund it? I know a lots of people do graduate entry medicine but how do you fund the 4 years with no student finance?
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Original post by Sssuusu228
People who did graduate entry medicine, how did you fund it? I know a lots of people do graduate entry medicine but how do you fund the 4 years with no student finance?


There is funding for GEM
https://rmbf.org/get-help/help-for-medical-students/medical-student-advice-hub/medicine-as-a-second-degree/

It is doing A100 as a grad that means no tuition fee loans or bursary
Original post by Sssuusu228
People who did graduate entry medicine, how did you fund it? I know a lots of people do graduate entry medicine but how do you fund the 4 years with no student finance?

Hey!

I am a current Graduate Entry Medicine Student at Swansea University. Check us out if you haven't yet!

In answer to your question about Finances, you can get Student Finance and NHS Bursary for GEM, so there is some funding available, even if there's not tonnes. It will be capped usually, so you won't get full maintenance loans etc., but support is out there.

My best tip would be to have an ask around and contact your Student Finance company (e.g., SFE or SFW) and the NHS Bursary team (either England or Wales) for specifics. Additionally, some universities, like Swansea, have bursary teams that are there to answer bursary related questions, so this can also be really helpful.

As an example based on my experience:

First Year: 1/2 Tuition Fees paid by me, 1/2 paid by Student Finance Wales. SFW maintenance loan.

Second Year: 1/2 Tuition Fees paid by SFW, 1/2 paid by NHS Wales Bursary. SFW maintenance loan (capped) and NHS Bursary Maintenance Loan.

Third Year: 1/2 Tuition Fees paid by SFW, 1/2 paid by NHS Wales Bursary. SFW maintenance loan (capped) and NHS Bursary Maintenance Loan.

Fourth Year: 1/2 Tuition Fees paid by SFW, 1/2 paid by NHS Wales Bursary. SFW maintenance loan (capped) and NHS Bursary Maintenance Loan.

Hope that helps to give you a rough idea. Obviously I can only speak for my personal experience at Swansea, and can't guarantee that this will stay the same from year to year/when you apply. If possible, I would recommend working where possible and saving pre-GEM, as money can get tight, but it is often doable. Also, whilst you have to be careful to balance your time whilst studying, a lot of my medic friends have part time jobs alongside GEM.

Best wishes,
Hope Henry - Swansea Student Ambassador and Third Year Graduate Entry Medicine Student.

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