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.
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.
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 apply for student finance every year. You don’t need a confirmed place at university or college to apply.
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.
Where can I get more information?
Further information, including a wide range of forms and guides, is available at GOV.UK