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Physician Associate Funding

I would like to get some clarity…and maybe some input from others also on this.

I am a mature student. No dependents. No children. Not married. But I own my property which comes with £16,000 worth of annual bills (mortgage, service charges, utilities, etc). That amount doesn’t even include food or travel.

Student finance, hypothetically speaking, will give me a loan of £9,000 for my course. I have JUST learnt that this isn’t per year…this is per whole entire course. So on a two year course, that’s £4,500 per year, paid in 3 installments.
NHS provide £5,000 for the course, at £2,500 per year that goes automatically towards my £11,650 annual tuition fee - making it a total of £9,150 remaining to pay.

If I’m permitted to pay by instalments, to coincide with SFL instalments, that still leaves me with additional £2k to fund.
On a full time, 5 days per week course.

Please someone tell me, if I am missing something (other than £16k that I also need to fund).

And as a slap in the face, when I looked at grants - from the few that are available (based on my age, and chosen degree), I am not entitled to any of them because eligibility states “students who’s parents are doctors”.

Considering that NHS 10 year plan is to get more PAs into the NHS…why are we not entitled to same funding as other students (med, dentistry, physiotherapists, nurses, etc)?

And from that I can see - despite BMA and GMC, there is no mention of additional funding.

So to all those existing students…in particular those who live on their own, mature students….how are you funding this, and supporting yourselves through the course on the 5 day per week schedule?
Because right now, having worked so hard to get through my undergraduates (and I mean, burnout, anxiety, depressions)…and working extra hard to get onto the course…I’m now faced with a potential of not even starting it. As sad as it may be.
Original post by Tasha2511
I would like to get some clarity…and maybe some input from others also on this.

I am a mature student. No dependents. No children. Not married. But I own my property which comes with £16,000 worth of annual bills (mortgage, service charges, utilities, etc). That amount doesn’t even include food or travel.

Student finance, hypothetically speaking, will give me a loan of £9,000 for my course. I have JUST learnt that this isn’t per year…this is per whole entire course. So on a two year course, that’s £4,500 per year, paid in 3 installments.
NHS provide £5,000 for the course, at £2,500 per year that goes automatically towards my £11,650 annual tuition fee - making it a total of £9,150 remaining to pay.

If I’m permitted to pay by instalments, to coincide with SFL instalments, that still leaves me with additional £2k to fund.
On a full time, 5 days per week course.

Please someone tell me, if I am missing something (other than £16k that I also need to fund).

And as a slap in the face, when I looked at grants - from the few that are available (based on my age, and chosen degree), I am not entitled to any of them because eligibility states “students who’s parents are doctors”.

Considering that NHS 10 year plan is to get more PAs into the NHS…why are we not entitled to same funding as other students (med, dentistry, physiotherapists, nurses, etc)?

And from that I can see - despite BMA and GMC, there is no mention of additional funding.

So to all those existing students…in particular those who live on their own, mature students….how are you funding this, and supporting yourselves through the course on the 5 day per week schedule?
Because right now, having worked so hard to get through my undergraduates (and I mean, burnout, anxiety, depressions)…and working extra hard to get onto the course…I’m now faced with a potential of not even starting it. As sad as it may be.


It's probably worth copying and pasting your post to this year's physician associates applicants thread to get some replies:

https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/showthread.php?t=7393594

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