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Learning Support Fund

Nursing student payments from September 2020

On Wednesday 18 December the government announced it is introducing an annual maintenance payment of at least £5,000 for all new and continuing pre-registration nursing, midwifery and many allied health students, from September 2020. The funding will not need to be repaid and you can find details of this announcement on the Gov.uk website.

We are working with the Department of Health and Social Care to set out how students will be able to access this support. Further information will be released as it is available, please check our website and social media channels on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

Information for healthcare students attending pre-registration courses in England on or after 1 August 2017.  These include:

  • dietetics
  • midwifery
  • nursing (adult, child, mental health, learning disability, joint nursing/social work)
  • occupational therapy
  • operating department practitioner
  • orthoptics
  • orthotics and prosthetics
  • physiotherapy
  • podiatry/chiropody
  • radiography (diagnostic and therapeutic)
  • speech and language therapy

From 1 August 2018 new students attending a pre-registration Postgraduate healthcare course, Dental Therapy or Dental Hygiene course will also be eligible to apply for funding support from the Learning Support Fund.

There are 5 Dental Therapy/Dental Hygiene courses that are the exception to this and students on courses at the following institutions are eligible to apply for an NHS Bursary and as such cannot claim LSF:

  • Birmingham Dental Hospital and School of Dentistry
  • Bristol Dental School
  • Eastman Dental Hospital
  • Greater Manchester School for Dental Care Professionals
  • King's College Hospital Foundation Trust

New students are defined as those starting a course:

  • for the first time on 1 August 2017 or later (undergraduate)
  • on 1 August 2017 or later, as a full-time student, having transferred from a previous designated part-time course or full-time distance learning course which started before 1 August 2017
  • for the first time on 1 August 2018 or later (Postgraduate and most Dental Therapy and Dental Hygiene courses)

Learning Support Fund Christmas and New Year payment dates 2019/20

Child Dependants’ Allowance payments scheduled before January 2020 will be paid Tuesday 24 December 2019.

Travel and Dual Expenses claims, and Exceptional Support Fund claims will be paid:

  • Tuesday 24 December 2019, if processed before 17 December 2019
  • Tuesday 14 January 2020, if processed after 17 December 2019

You can also check when any scheduled payments may be due to you by logging on to your Learning Support Fund account.