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About the Learning Support Fund

Find out about the Learning Support Fund here.

The Health Education Funding Reforms consultation resulted in significant changes to how some healthcare courses will be funded from 1 August 2017.

Students starting a new nursing, midwifery or Allied Health Professional course on or after 1 August may be eligible to apply for financial support from the Learning Support Fund (LSF). This offers support for:

  • Students with at least one dependent child (Child Dependants Allowance)
  • Travel and Dual Accommodation Expenses for a placement
  • Students experiencing extreme financial hardship (Exceptional Support Fund)

If you're studying on a Postgraduate course, Dental Therapy or Dental Hygiene course or a Part-time course and in receipt of an NHS Bursary please go to the Transitional Arrangements section.

There are some Dental Therapy and Dental Hygiene courses where students may be eligible to apply for LSF. In this case, students must have started their course on or after 1 August 2017 and be in receipt of student finance. If you think you may be eligible please speak to your university in the first instance.

If you are a student continuing on a healthcare course that commenced prior to 1 August 2017 and have not changed your study pattern in any way, you are classed as a continuing student and you will not be eligible to apply for any the Learning Support Fund allowances 

If you started a course prior to 1 August 2017 but have changed your study pattern and are returning to a different programme, study year or any other form of variation to study, you will need to check with your university on your funding support entitlement.

Our guidance video provides an overview of what you can expect from the Learning Support Fund.