There are a range of financial options for those studying for a career in the health industry. This includes NHS funded courses, Social Work Bursaries, maintenance grants and more.
This information is for students who started study in the 2017-18 academic year. If you're starting in the 2018 academic year, please see the 2018 finance page.
From 2017 the government will cease to provide bursaries for undergraduate NHS courses. Students will have access to the standard student support package of tuition fee loans and support for living costs, rather than getting an NHS grant.
How we can support you
If you enrol onto an undergraduate NHS programme in 2017, the following costs will be covered:
- DBS check**
- Occupational Health check
**Paid on successful enrolment onto course
If I am already a student, does this affect me?
This change is for new students starting Autumn 2017 onwards.
New students are defined as those starting a course:
- for the first time on 1 August 2017 or later
- on 1 August 2017 or later, having withdrawn from or abandoned a previous higher education course in the 2016/17 academic year or an earlier academic year
- on 1 August 2017 or later, as a full time student, having transferred from a previous part-time course or full-time distance learning course which started before 1 August 2017
Eligible students may be able to access support from the NHS Learning Support Fund:
- a non-repayable grant of £1,000 per year for students with eligible child dependents
- access to exceptional support of up to £3,000 per year for those students in severe hardship
- support for excess travel and dual accommodation expenses incurred due to attending practice placements.
Students who have studied before
The Government intends to make an exception for students with an equivalent qualification who want to study the allied health professions as a second degree, so that students can access student loans.
Please note: these arrangements are in place for students starting their studies in the 2017/18 academic year. Discussions are taking place regarding what will happen for students who start their studies in 2018/19 and beyond. We will keep this website updated with any further information as it becomes available.