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NHS finance information

If you’re starting a nursing, midwifery or allied health professional pre-registration course* in England, you’ll be able to apply for a Tuition Fee loan and Maintanence loan.

There are also a number of additional funds available for eligible courses, including the additional training grant of £5,000 (see 'other funding' below). The latest information can be found on the Funding Clinic website.

*Allied health professional pre-registration courses include BSc Paramedic Science, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy and BSc (Hons) Operating Department Practice.

Can I afford to go to university?

Yes! Many students worry where they’ll find the money from but remember, you don’t have to pay anything upfront and you won’t have to pay anything back until you’re earning over £27,295.

The repayments are set at 9% of your salary over £27,295 and are automatically taken from your wages each month.

If this is your second degree, your loans will be combined and you’ll pay back 9% of your salary over £27,295.

If you’re concerned and want to find out more, it’s worth reading MoneySavingExpert’s Mythbusting article, which looks at the realities of student loans in more detail.

How much are my tuition fees?

For September 2021 entry:

  • UK/CI/ROI students: £9,250
  • International students: £15,000

Fees shown for September 2021 entry are subject to confirmation in response to changes in government policy.

What loans are available?

  • Tuition Fee Loan: This covers the full cost of tuition fees
  • Maintenance Loan (for 2021 entry, 45+ week courses):
    • Students studying outside of London – up to £11,732
    • Students living at home – up to £9,461
    • Students studying in London – up to £15,264

You’ll repay these loans once you’re earning over £27,295.

This tuition fee loan for healthcare courses is available to students if you've already studied another degree. However, BSc (Hons) Paramedic Science students who have already completed a degree or who have previous degree study may not be entitled to further Tuition Fee Loan support. Therefore, it is important to check your entitlement with your funding provider prior to undertaking your course.

Is there support for childcare?

Student Finance England will provide a Childcare Grant of:

  • Up to £174.22 a week for one child
  • Up to £298.69 a week for two children or more

You’ll also be able to apply for a Parents’ Learning Allowance of up to £1,766 a year.

These figures are for 2020/21 entry. This money doesn’t need to be paid back.

Extra support for students on healthcare courses:

The NHS Parental Support Allowance (previously known as the Child Dependants Allowance) means eligible students attending a full time pre-registration healthcare course, are able to claim a set amount of £1,000.00 per academic year.

New and continuing eligible nursing, midwifery and allied health professions students with caring responsibilities will benefit from an additional £1,000 to help balance their studies with caring responsibilities. This is in addition to the £1,000 already on offer through the current NHS Parental Support Allowance (previously known as the Child Dependants Allowance).

View FAQs about the new funding to find out more.

What about travel expenses?

Travel and Dual Accommodation Expenses will be available to reimburse excess costs incurred when undertaking practical training on placements. Eligible students will need to complete a claim form which will need to be approved by your university and this will then come through to the NHS Business Services Authority who will process for payment.

Information regarding Travel and Dual Accommodation Expenses, including how to apply, is available via the NHS Learning Support Fund

What other funding is available?

Nursing, midwifery and other allied health professional students from the UK may be eligible for a non-repayable government training grant of at least £5,000 a year.

Students eligible for the training grant:

  • Adult Nursing, Children's & Young People's Nursing, Mental Health Nursing (Mental Health Nursing students may be eligible for an additional £1,000 specialist subject payment)
  • Midwifery
  • Paramedic Science
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Operating Department Practice (ODP)

UK students will still access the Student Loans Company for tuition and maintenance loans, plus the NHS Business Services Authority to apply for the existing NHS Learning Support Fund.

Find out more information about the funding and view FAQs

The Department of Health could provide access to exceptional support of up to £3,000 per year for those students in severe hardship.

Universities offer additional support to their students. BU offers the following to eligible students:

  • BU Academic Excellence Scholarship (students from the ROI, CI and Overseas only)
  • BU Maintenance Bursary 
  • BU Care Leavers Bursary
  • BU Sport Scholarship 
  • BU Music Scholarship 

None of our scholarships or bursaries have to be paid back, find out more here.

We’ll also provide you with your uniforms.

NHS Learning Support Fund

If you are a student on an NHS course, you may be eligible for additional NHS support from their Learning Support Fund. Part of the support the NHS offer is the Exceptional Support Fund for students facing financial difficulty. Please note if you wish to apply for the Exceptional Support Fund, you must have applied and received a decision from the BU Financial Support Fund first. 

Can international students apply?

Yes. You will need to fund your own tuition fees which will be £15,000.