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Learning Support Fund

Information on funding support available for healthcare students starting their course on or after 1 August 2017.

This section provides information for healthcare students who start one of the following pre-registration courses in England on or after 1 August 2017:

  • 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

There are also a few Dental Therapy and Dental Hygiene courses where students may be eligible to apply for help from LSF. If you're on one of these courses and in receipt of a student loan, please check with your university in the first instance or contact us for more information.

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, 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