NHS students

Courses starting from 1 August 2017

What’s available

You can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan and a loan for your living costs from us.

If you have a disability, including a long-term health condition, mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty, you might also be able to get extra help.

And if you have a child or an adult who depends on you financially, there are grants available to help with any extra costs you might have. You may also be able to get extra help from the NHS, visit www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/student-services to find out more.

Eligibility

Whether you can get student finance for your NHS course depends on your personal circumstances and your course. 

Your nationality or residency status

You’ll be eligible for student finance if all of the following apply:

• you’re a UK national or have settled status (this means you have no restrictions on how long you can stay in the UK)

• you normally live in England

• you’ve been living in the UK for at least three years before the first day of the first academic year of your course

You might still be able to apply if you’re:

• an EU national, or a relative of one,

• a refugee, or a relative of one,

• under Humanitarian Protection, or a relative of someone under Humanitarian Protection;

• under 18 and have lived in the UK for at least seven years,

• 18 or over and have lived in the UK for at least 20 years or at least half your life,

an EEA/Swiss migrant worker, or a relative of one.

• the child of a Swiss national, or

• the child of a Turkish worker.

If you normally live in the Channel Islands or on the Isle of Man, you can’t apply to Student Finance England. You should contact the education authority on your island to find out more.

Course

Your course must be in England and be one of the following:

  • nursing (adult, child, mental health, learning and disability)
  • midwifery
  • dietetics/nutrition
  • occupational therapy
  • orthoptics
  • orthotics prosthetics
  • physiotherapy
  • podiatry/chiropody
  • radiography (diagnostic and therapeutic)
  • speech and language therapy 
  • operating department practitioner

Previous study

You’ll be able to get full support if you already have a degree but you’re starting a full time, undergraduate pre-registration nursing, midwifery or Allied Health Professional course in England.

You must not be professionally registered within the profession you want to study. For example, if you’re professionally registered as a nurse and hold a nursing degree, you wouldn’t be able to get funding for a second pre-registration nursing degree.

Medicine and dentistry

If you’re studying an undergraduate medicine or dentistry course, you’ll get full funding from us for the first four years of your course. From your fifth year, you’ll be able to get a reduced rate Maintenance Loan from us and a bursary from the NHS.

 

Courses starting before 1 August 2017

If you’re an NHS student who started a course before 1 August 2017 you’ll be able to get funding from the NHS and Student Finance England.

NHS Funding

Tuition Fees

The NHS will pay your tuition fees.

If you’re studying a medical or dental course, the NHS will pay your fees from your fifth year, or your second year if you’re studying a graduate entry course. You can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from Student Finance England to help pay for the earlier years of your course.

Living costs

Grant

The NHS will give you a non-income-assessed grant. The amount you get will depend on your course intensity.  This doesn’t need to be paid back.

Bursary

You’ll be assessed for an NHS bursary. The amount you get will depend your household income and where you study. This doesn’t need to be paid back.

Extra help

You may be able to get extra help from the NHS if:

  • your course is longer than 30 weeks and three days
  •  you have a disability, including a long-term health condition, mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty
  • you have children or an adult who depends on you financially.

Funding from us

Maintenance Loan

If you’re eligible for income-assessed funding from the NHS, LETB or Local Ambulance Service Trust you can also apply for a reduced rate Maintenance Loan from us. The amount you can get depends on where you’re living and studying. This will need to be repaid.