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Full-time NHS funded students

How to apply for NHS funding

If you are starting your course in September 2015, you apply for your fee and living cost support from the NHSBSA from 2 March 2015. Once you are offered your place, apply for your funding by creating your account online via the 'register' button.

Tuition fee support

The NHS will pay tuition fees for the ordinary duration of the course.

Funding for living costs

There are three elements that make up funding for your living costs. The NHS Grant and Bursary from the NHSBSA and the Maintenance Loan from Student Finance.

NHS placement support

If you are in receipt of the NHS Grant of £1,000, you will be able to claim for help with the additional travel and accommodation costs associated with attending your NHS placement. Find out more about NHS placement support

NHS Grant

This provides students with a non-income assessed grant of £1,000. This is non-repayable.

NHS Student Bursary

The bursary is income-assessed which means that the amount of bursary you receive will depend on your household income. So to work out how much you could get, you need to know who is in your household and what income counts. Work out your NHS funding provides details of the income assessment. The table below shows an estimate of the amount of bursary you receive according to your household income.

Income assessment and the NHS Student Bursary

Gross taxable household income

Household contribution

Diagnostic Imaging, Occupational Therapy

38 weeks

Adult Nursing,
Mental Health,
Children's Nursing, Learning Disability

40 weeks


48 weeks

Under £24,279 £0 £3,315 £3,483 £4,491
£24,279 £45 £3,270 £3,438 £4,446
£30,000 £647 £2,668 £2,836 £3,844
£35,000 £1,173 £2,142 £2,310 £3,318
£40,000 £1,699 £1,616 £1,784 £2,792
£45,000 £2,226 £1,089 £1,257 £2,265
£50,000 £2,752 £563 £731 £1,739
£55,000 £3,278 £37 £205 £1,213
£60,000 £3,805 £0 £0 £686
£65,000 £4,331 £0 £0 £160
£67,500 £4,594 £0 £0 £0

The Bursary and the NHS Grant are paid in 12 monthly instalments, although you may receive the first two instalments together. It is paid into your bank account once you are registered on the programme.

See further details about the student financial support system on the NHSBSA website.

Student Finance England Maintenance Loan

Students are eligible for a non income-assessed maintenance loan (repayable). For 2015/16 this is £2,324 per year (£1,744 if living with parents) and £1,811 (£1,324 if living with parents) if you are in your final year.

You can apply now for the maintenance loan online via the website.

Student Finance England (SFE) will pay your loan into your bank account in three equal instalments at the start of each term.

Find out how and when you repay your loan.

Page last updated 6 May 2015

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