NHS Students

From 2017 entry, new students on the programmes listed below (including those on a foundation year onto nursing, midwifery and AHP pre-registration courses which lead on to qualification with one of the health professional regulators) in England will take out maintenance and tuition loans like other students rather than getting an NHS grant.

  • BSc Diagnostic Radiography
  • BN Nursing
  • BSc Occupational Therapy
  • BSc Orthoptics
  • BSc Physiotherapy
  • BSc Radiotherapy

More information can be found on NHS bursaries and Council of Deans.


Learning Support Fund

The Learning Support Fund (LSF) provides supplementary funding to the higher education student loans support from the government, for eligible students attending pre-registration healthcare courses on or after 1 August 2017.

See the guidance for students from the NHS Business Services Authority

Travel and Dual Accommodation Expenses (TDAE)

Students who meet the LSF general eligibility criteria are entitled to have some of the additional costs of attending a practice placement as part of their course reimbursed to them during the academic year.

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Child Dependents Allowance

Intended to provide additional support for eligible students who have parental responsibility for a dependent child under the age of 15 (17 if the child has special educational needs) on the first day of the academic year for which they are applying.

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Exceptional Support Fund

A supplementary short-term hardship fund that can be applied for, where there is evidence of a shortfall between income and expenditure, and a student may need extra financial help to meet costs not already being met from other sources of funding.

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