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 new additional support of £5,000 from September 2020 (see 'other funding' below). The latest information can be found on the Funding Clinic website.
*Allied health professional pre-registration courses include 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 £25,725.
The repayments are set at 9% of your salary over £25,725 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 £25,725.
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 2020 entry:
- UK/EU students: £9,250
- International students: £15,000
What loans are available?
- Tuition Fee Loan: This covers the full cost of tuition fees
- Maintenance Loan (for 2020 entry, 45+ week courses):
- Students studying outside of London – up to £11,338
- Students living at home – up to £9,177
- Students studying in London – up to £14,804
You’ll repay these loans once you’re earning over £25,725.
This tuition fee loan for healthcare courses is available to students if you've already studied another degree.
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.
What about travel expenses?
Similar to the Practice Placement Expenses detailed in the NHS Bursary Scheme, the new 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 NHSBSA 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?
New funding for 2020
Nursing, midwifery and other allied health professional students on courses from September 2020 may be eligible for non-repayable government funding of at least £5,000 a year.
Students eligible for the funding:
- Adult Nursing, Children's & Young People's Nursing, Mental Health Nursing (Mental Health Nursing students may be eligible for an additional £1,000 as it has been confirmed as a shortage specialism)
- Paramedic Science
- Occupational Therapy
Students will still access the Student Loans Company for tuition and maintenance loans, plus the NHS Business Services Authority to apply for the existing Learning Support Fund.
Further details on the funding will be available in early 2020. Find out more information about the funding in the gov.uk website.
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 Maintenance Bursary
- BU Care Leavers Bursary
- BU Academic Excellence Scholarship
- 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 £15,050.