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NHS Learning Support Fund

Students starting and continuing their course from 1 September 2020 onwards can apply for NHS LSF if they’re on one of the following pre-registration undergraduate or postgraduate courses:

  • dental therapy or dental hygiene (level 5 and 6 courses)
  • dietetics
  • midwifery
  • nursing (adult, child, mental health, learning disability, joint nursing and social work)
  • occupational therapy
  • operating department practitioner (level 5 and 6 courses)
  • orthoptics
  • orthotics and prosthetics
  • paramedics (DipHE and FD courses are not eligible for NHS LSF)
  • physiotherapy
  • podiatry or chiropody
  • radiography (diagnostic and therapeutic)
  • speech and language therapy

If you're eligible, you can get:

  • a Training Grant of £5,000 per academic year
  • Parental Support of £2,000, if you have at least one dependent child under 15 years, or under 17 years if registered with special educational needs 
  • money back for excess travel and temporary accommodation costs (Travel and Dual Accommodation Expenses) while you're on your practice placement
  • students experiencing financial hardship (Exceptional Support Fund)


NHS LSF - Financial support for healthcare students (PDF: 591KB)

You can watch a short video with information about NHS LSF

Guidance for the 2022/23 academic year will be available soon.

Accessing your NHS LSF account

You can log into your NHS LSF account to:

  • apply for funding
  • upload your evidence
  • manage your personal details

Log in to your NHS LSF account


Eligibility for NHS LSF

Students who want to apply for support need to be:

Other arrangements are in place for students who may not apply for a loan due to personal reasons.

Those students must still show that they meet the eligibility criteria as defined by SFE, SFW, SFNI or SAAS, as applicable.

Students who started or continued their course between January and August 2020 will be able to apply for additional funding from the start of their next academic year.

For example, if you started your course in January 2021, you will be able to apply for extra funding when you start your second year in January 2022.

Part-time students will receive pro-rata payments of the Training Grant and Parental Support.

If you're in receipt of an NHS Bursary, visit our NHS Bursary students section. NHS Bursary students are not eligible for NHS Learning Support Fund. ​

How and when to apply

New students

If you're a new healthcare student starting from September or October 2022, you can apply for the NHS Learning Support Fund from 2 May 2022.

You should not apply on any other systems as your application will be rejected. 

Continuing students

If you are continuing your studies between September and October 2022, you'll shortly receive an email from us inviting you to apply for the 2022/23 academic year. Invites will be sent out from 4 April 2022 and will be sent out weekly until September. 

Invites will be sent out in groups to make sure we process all of your applications for the start of the academic year. 

Application closing date

All NHS LSF applications must be submitted within six months of the start of the academic year.

Final year students who need to extend their course

Arrangements are in place for students that need to extend because of COVID-19.

If you were due to complete your studies in the 2020/21 academic year and need an extension for a reason other than COVID-19, contact your university. They will complete an extension request form for you and send it to us. We will then contact you with information on how to apply for extension payments.

When will I receive my payments?

Funding will be scheduled over the academic year and will be paid in three instalments. 

Payment will be made once we have received confirmation of your attendance from your university. For students who start or continue between September and October 2022, you must be in attendance on 1 November to receive your first instalment. This process is the same for students who start after September 2022. 

For example, a student who starts or continues studying in:

  • January or February 2023 needs to be in attendance on 1 March 2023
  • March or April 2023 needs to be in attendance on 1 May 2023

Payment dates for the 2022/23 academic year

The main payment dates are set out here. Depending on when your university confirms your attendance, you may receive payment earlier or later than the dates stated. This should be used as a guide only, your NHS LSF account will always set out your actual payment dates.  

Academic year commencing September/October 2022 

  • Term 1 - 21 November 2022
  • Term 2 - 21 March 2023
  • Term 3 - 25 July 2023

Academic year commencing January/February 2023 

  • Term 1 - 21 March 2023 
  • Term 2 - 25 July 2023 
  • Term 3 - 21 November 2023

Academic year commencing March/April 2023

  • Term 1 - 23 May 2023 
  • Term 2 - 26 September 2023 
  • Term 3 - 23 January 2024 

Academic year commencing July/August 2023 

  • Term 1 - 26 September 2023 
  • Term 2 - 23 January 2024
  • Term 3 - 23 May 2024

Manage your NHS LSF account

The first time you apply for any element of NHS LSF in each year of study, you'll need to upload a copy of your student finance letter to your online account.

Uploading a document to your NHS LSF account

The selected file must be:

  • a JPG, BMP, PNG, TIF or PDF
  • an original copy ​​​​that displays the document in full
  • clear and in focus
  • in colour
  • unaltered by computer software
  • at least 50KB and no more than 5 MB

If the document does not meet these criteria, your application will be rejected.

Your NHS LSF account

Once you’ve registered for an NHS LSF account, you’ll be able to:

  • apply for funding elements of NHS LSF
  • update your personal details including your bank account
  • check your scheduled payments

Once you’ve registered for an account, you'll keep it throughout your studies and won't need to create a new one.

If you’re in receipt of LSF and are in training prior to September 2020, you’ll continue to use your current online account until you start your next academic year.