If you're starting and continuing your course from 1 September 2020 onwards, you can apply for NHS LSF if you're on one of the following pre-registration undergraduate or postgraduate courses:
- dental therapy or dental hygiene (level 5 and 6 courses)
- nursing (adult, child, mental health, learning disability, joint nursing, and social work)
- occupational therapy
- operating department practitioner (level 5 and 6 courses)
- orthotics and prosthetics
- paramedics (DipHE and FD courses are not eligible for NHS LSF)
- 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)
You can watch a short video with information about NHS LSF.
Guidance for the 2022 to 2023 academic year will be available soon.
Accessing your NHS LSF account
You can sign in to your NHS LSF account to:
- apply for funding
- upload your evidence
- manage your personal details
Eligibility for NHS LSF
To apply for support, you need to be:
- studying on an eligible programme at a university in England
- eligible for tuition fees and maintenance support from the Student Loans Company, either through:
- actively in study, whether academic or practice learning
Other arrangements are in place for those 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.
If you started or continued your course between January and August 2020, you will be able to apply for additional funding from the start of your 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.
How and when to apply
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.
If you are continuing your studies between September and October 2022, you'll receive an email from us inviting you to apply for the 2022 to 2023 academic year. Invites will be sent out from 4 April 2022 and will be sent out weekly until September 2022.
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 if you need to extend because of COVID-19.
If you were due to complete your studies in the 2020 to 2021 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 you will receive your payments
Funding will be scheduled over the academic year and will be paid in 3 instalments.
Payment will be made once we have received confirmation of your attendance from your university. If you 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 those 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 below. 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 starting September or October 2022
- Term 1 - 21 November 2022
- Term 2 - 21 March 2023
- Term 3 - 25 July 2023
Academic year starting January or February 2023
- Term 1 - 21 March 2023
- Term 2 - 25 July 2023
- Term 3 - 21 November 2023
Academic year starting March or April 2023
- Term 1 - 23 May 2023
- Term 2 - 26 September 2023
- Term 3 - 23 January 2024
Academic year starting July or 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 will not need to create a new one.
If you’re in receipt of LSF and are in training before September 2020, you’ll continue to use your current online account until you start your next academic year.