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NHS Funded Courses

In the Government's Autumn Statement (25 November 2015), Chancellor George Osborne announced that new students starting nursing, midwifery and allied health subjects from Autumn 2017 will no longer receive NHS bursaries or have their fees paid by the NHS. Instead, they will have access to the same student loans system as other students*.

Further information on NHS bursary reform is available on the Department of Health website. In the meantime, the following information relates to those starting with us before September 2017.

New students starting between 1 August 2016 and 31 July 2017 on a HEE-commissioned place and an NHS bursary will continue on an NHS bursary if there is no change to the study pattern. Any new students starting between 1 August 2016 and 31 July 2017 on an NHS bursary that defer OR withdraw and restart/re-join after 1 August 2017 will move to the standard student loans system.

*details subject to consultation.

Further guidance on the funding changes

Tuition fees

If you are a home or EU student studying on an NHS-funded degree course starting on or after 1 September 2012, your tuition fees will be paid in full by the NHS. The fees will be paid direct to the University.

You will therefore not need to take out a tuition fee loan.

Support for living costs

Support for living costs is only available to home (UK) students. EU students will only receive help with tuition fees.

The main support for living costs comes in the form of:

  • Non-means-tested grant and means-tested bursary from the NHS.
  • Non-means-tested student loan from Student Finance England.

Non-means-tested NHS grant

All home students will be entitled to a £1,000 non-means-tested grant per annum. The grant will not have to be repaid.

Means-tested NHS bursary

Students living outside of London and away from the parental home could be entitled to a maximum means-tested bursary of up to £4,443 per annum.

Students living with parents could be entitled to a maximum means-tested bursary of up to £3,395 per annum.

Actual amounts depend on where you live, household income and number of weeks of study (the above maximums are based on 45 weeks or more per year). The bursary will not have to be repaid.

Non-means-tested student loan from SFE

As well as NHS bursaries and grants, you may be entitled to a non-means-tested student loan.

If you will be living away from your parental home, you could receive a loan of £2,324.

If you will be living with your parents, you could receive a loan of £1,744.

Interest is charged from when the loan is taken out at the rate of inflation plus three per cent. Repayments of the loan will commence the April after graduation, and once you are earning in excess of £21,000 per annum.

Additional NHS Grants

As part of the means-tested NHS bursary some students will be entitled to the following additional grants:

  • Parents learning allowance of up to £1,192 per annum is available for students who have care of a dependent child or children.
  • Dependants allowance of up to £2,400 per annum is available if you have people who are wholly or mainly financially dependent on you during your time at university. Additional amounts of up to £544 per annum are payable for any additional dependants.
  • A Child Care Grant is also available to help with registered child care costs of up to 85 per cent to a maximum of £127.50 per week for one child and £189.55 per week for two or more children.

The actual amounts you will receive for any of the additional grants will be means tested and based on household income. Support from any of the above grants will not have to be paid back.

How will my bursary, grants and loan be paid?

Your bursary and grants are calculated in each academic year over a 12-month period. On enrolment, the first monthly bursary and grant instalment will usually be a double payment to cover the first two months of training, followed by 10 successive monthly payments. In subsequent academic years, the bursary and grant will be paid in 12 equal monthly instalments. The student loan will be paid in three instalments during the academic year.

Disabled Students’ Allowance

NHS-funded students can receive financial support to pay for extra costs they may have while studying as a direct result of a disability or specific learning difficulty. This can include:

  • items of specialist equipment (up to £5,214 for the entire course),
  • a non-medical helper (up to £20,725 a year), and
  • other disability-related expenditure (up to £1,741 a year).

Get more information about Disabled Students' Allowance

Practice Placement Expenses

Where your course includes practice placements which involve you training in hospitals or community health services rather than in a classroom, you may be able to claim reimbursement for the cost of your travel and accommodation.

How to apply for funding

If you accept an offer to study a NHS-funded course, the University will contact the NHS Grants Unit, who will send you an application form for the non-means-tested grant, means-tested bursary and any additional grants.

You can also download an application form from the NHS website.

To apply for the student loan, an online application has to be made to Student Finance England.

It is advisable to apply as early as possible. When applying it is important that you read the questions carefully, and tick the box indicating that you are applying for a means-tested NHS bursary. You will need to supply evidence of your NHS bursary at a later stage but do not wait for this before you apply for the loan.

To apply for Disabled Students Allowance please obtain an application from one of our Student Affairs Receptions or download an application form.

How is the NHS bursary paid?

Your Bursary award is calculated in each academic year over a 12-month period. On enrolment, the first monthly Bursary instalment will usually be a double payment, this is to cover the first two months of training, and then there will be 10 successive monthly payments. In subsequent academic years, the Bursary will be paid in 12 equal monthly instalments.

Do I have to repay my NHS Bursary?

No. NHS Bursaries are non-repayable. However, if you are studying at degree level and you have taken out a reduced student loan, this will have to be repaid.

NHS Bursary Website