Fees and Funding


NHS Learning Support Fund


The details
United Kingdom
School of Health and Social Care

The government will provide additional funding support to healthcare students starting their course in academic year 2022 - 2023. Students on eligible courses starting their second or third year will also be able to apply for the additional funding.

What can I get?

Eligible students can receive the following funding:
  • a Training Grant for all eligible students of £5,000 per academic year
  • Parental Support of £2,000 for students with at least one dependent child under 15 years, or under 17 years if registered with special educational needs (this used to be called Child Dependants Allowance)
  • reimbursement of excess costs incurred on practice placement for travel and temporary accommodation costs (Travel and Dual Accommodation Expenses)
  • students experiencing financial hardship (Exceptional Support Fund)

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

Further information can be found on the NHS website.


You need to be studying one of these pre-registration undergraduate or postgraduate courses from September 2021 to apply:

  • dental hygiene/dental therapy (level 5 courses)
  • nursing (adult, child, mental health, learning disability, joint nursing / social work)
  • occupational therapy
  • physiotherapy
  • speech and language therapy

You need to be eligible for tuition fee and maintenance support from the Student Loans Company (Students would therefore need to qualify for Home (UK) funding to be eligible).

You need to be actively in study, whether academic or practice learning.

Students who aren't eligible

You are not eligible for this award, even if you meet the criteria above, if you:

  • Defer your entry (if you defer entry to the following year, the award will be withdrawn, though you may be considered again under the following year's terms and conditions).
  • Are on any East 15 Acting School courses.

Additional funding for shortage groups

An additional £1000 a year will be available to prioritise shortage groups that are key to delivering the NHS Long Term Plan. Further information on the courses that this applies to can be found on the NHS website.

How to apply

Applications are now open via the NHS Bursaries website.