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2017/18 Funding changes - what they are and who will it affect?

You may have seen that some changes to the funding and financial support of students accessing Nursing and Midwifery programmes were announced in the Spending Review in November 2015. This information is to offer you clarification on what this currently means.

This information is based on the understanding provided by The Council of Deans for Health and may be subject to change as further details are released by the government but the current situation is as follows:

What is changing?

From 2017/18, new students studying nursing and midwifery pre-registration courses (which lead to qualification with one of the health professional regulators) will take out loans like other students, rather than getting an NHS bursary.

If I am already a student, does this affect me?

No. This change is for new students starting Autumn 2017 onwards.

More information

For further information on funding for studying nursing, midwifery and the allied health professions in England visit the Funding Clinic website or download the Council of Deans for Health funding briefing document (PDF , 209kb).

Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) with Professional Registration in Nursing (Adult Field) - for programme commencing Spring 2017 and Spring 2018

Funding for 2016/17 and 2017/18 for Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Adult) is as follows, subject to meeting residency and eligibility criteria:

  • payment of tuition fees (NHS will usually meet the full cost of tuition fees)
  • an income-assessed NHS bursary (with money for extra weeks of course if eligible)
  • a non-income assessed £1,000 grant
  • additional allowances for eligible students (those are income-assessed).

For further information and for latest updates please visit: www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/student-services-0

Bursary payments are normally paid, within a few weeks of the programme commencing, directly into your bank account. It is important that you open a bank account before you start the course and ensure you have sufficient funds to cover expenses for your first month, such as rent, travel and food. 

In order to be eligible for an NHS Bursary, applicants must meet personal eligibility requirements as laid down by the NHS Student Bursaries Unit. This includes residency rules which restrict the eligibility of overseas applicants for the bursary. Further information is available from the NHS Student Bursaries Unit.

If you are in receipt of an NHS Bursary you may be eligible to claim costs under one of two travel schemes available within the Department. This is subject to eligibility and students will be guided on this at the start of their programme.

Please Note:
Please be aware that as you have completed an undergraduate programme previously which has attracted funding, then future financial support is entirely at the discretion of the funding agency responsible.