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NHS Funding

From 1 August 2017, new undergraduate nursing, midwifery and allied health students will no longer receive NHS Bursaries. Instead, they will have access to the same student loans system as other students. It is not currently anticipated that existing medical and dental students will be affected and NHS Bursary support will remain available as before.


New students starting certain undergraduate pre-registration healthcare programmes in England on or after 1 August 2017 will receive funding support primarily through Student Finance England/Wales/N.Ireland/SAAS.

The courses affected at King's are:

  • Dietetics
  • Midwifery
  • Nursing 
  • Physiotherapy 


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  • on 1 August 2017 or later, having withdrawn from or abandoned a previous higher education course in the 2016/17 academic year or an earlier academic year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


Information about applying for a student loan can be found on  www.gov.uk/student-finance. To find out more about the Student Loans Company please visit their website at www.slc.co.uk

For new full-time undergraduate pre-registration students who are studying on one of the professional programmes listed above, the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) may be able to provide eligible students with additional funds under the new Learning Support Fund.


The main student finance package includes a:

Tuition fee loans pay for your course. Maintenance loans and grants help with living costs (e.g. accommodation, books, bills). You have to pay back loans but you don’t need to pay back grants.

You might get extra help on top of this, e.g. if you study abroad.

The rules are different if your course started before September 2012.


You apply for student finance every year. You don’t need a confirmed place at university or college to apply.

Previous Study

 You will 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.

* Please see previous study page if you have previously completed an undergraduate degree. 

Medicine and dentistry

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

Courses starting before 1 August 2017

If you are 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.

The NHS will pay your tuition fees.

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.

NHS Grant: The NHS will give you a non-income-assessed grant. The amount you get will depend on your course intensity.  This does not need to be paid back.

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

Loan Repayments

Please see here for information on loan repayments.

You can use the  loan repayment calculator to find out what your repayments might be.

Where can I get more information?

Further information, including a wide range of forms and guides, is available at GOV.UK.


The College has tried to give students an early opportunity to begin their research of student funding. Although every effort has been made to ensure that information provided is both helpful to prospective candidates and accurate at the time of its publication, it is possible that some information may be outdated or superseded before the start of the 2018-19 academic year.

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