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New student funding

The government has announced it will be providing additional funding support to healthcare students starting their course from September 2020.

Students on eligible courses starting their second or third year will also be able to apply for the additional funding.

This includes:

  • a non-repayable payment of £5,000 to eligible students each academic year
  • additional payments worth up to a total of £3,000 per academic year for students in specialisms or regions struggling to recruit or to help students cover childcare costs

Eligible students should continue to apply for the Learning Support Fund as needed.

Who can apply for the funding

Students on a paramedic course will be able to benefit from this additional support.

Students studying one of these courses at an English university from September 2020 can apply:

  • dietetics,
  • dental hygiene / dental therapy (level 5 and level 6 courses)
  • midwifery
  • nursing (adult, child, mental health, learning disability, joint nursing / social work)
  • occupational therapy
  • operating department practitioner (level 5 and level 6 courses)
  • orthoptics
  • orthotics and prosthetics
  • paramedicine
  • physiotherapy
  • podiatry / chiropody
  • radiography (diagnostic and therapeutic)
  • speech and language therapy

Additional funding for shortage groups

It has now been confirmed an additional £1,000 a year will be available to prioritise shortage groups that are key to delivering the NHS Long Term Plan.

This includes students on courses for:

  • mental health nursing
  • learning disability nursing
  • radiography (diagnostic and therapeutic)
  • prosthetics and orthotics
  • orthoptics and podiatry

How and when to apply

We’re working with the Department of Health and Social Care to finalise details about the funding. This includes when the application window will open and building you a new online system to make applying as easy as possible.

Further updates will follow. In the meantime you can read our new student funding FAQ document (PDF: 165KB).

We’ll also be updating our social media accounts:
Facebook: /LearningSupportFund
Twitter: @NHSBSA_LSF