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Training Grant 

The Training Grant is a non-means tested grant of £5,000 each academic year for all eligible students.

You can apply for the Training Grant through your online NHS LSF account.

When applying, you will need to provide evidence of your eligibility in the form of your student finance letter. You will need to upload this to your account when prompted.

Additional funding

The government website has information about an additional £1,000 a year available to new students. This is only available to new students starting from September 2020. This is to prioritise shortage groups that are key to delivering the NHS Long Term Plan.

The specialist subject payment includes students on courses for:

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

Combined courses that include one of these shortage courses. For example, adult and mental health nursing, will also qualify for the £1,000 payment.

There’ll also be a regional incentive payment of up to £1,000. The details of this will be confirmed soon.

Both the specialist subject and regional incentive payments will be added to your account automatically when you apply for the Training Grant.

Sending your evidence to us

You’ll be required to upload a scanned version of your student finance letter to your online NHS LSF account when applying for the Training Grant.

Uploading a document to your NHS LSF account

The selected file must be:

  • a JPG, BMP, PNG, TIF or PDF
  • an original copy ​​​​which 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 this criteria your application will be rejected.


You'll need to reapply for the Training Grant at the start of each academic year as long as you continue to meet the eligibility criteria.