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Document General information regarding the availability of NHS Bursaries in 2017/18

New nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students, other than those subject to the transitional arrangements explained below, starting courses on or after 1 August 2017 will have access to the standard student loans system provided by the Student Loans Company (SLC) to cover the cost of their tuition fees and means tested support for living costs, rather than receiving a NHS bursary from the NHS Business Services Authority (BSA).  
 
The Learning Support Fund (LSF)
 
 New students commencing a student-loan funded pre-registration healthcare programme on or after 1 August 2017 who are not entitled to support from an NHS bursary, may be able to apply for additional funding elements from the NHS Business Services Authority, depending on their circumstances.. Those students may be able to access the following:
  • Child Dependants Allowance (CDA) - A non-repayable grant of £1,000 per year for students with eligible child dependants
  • Exceptional Support Fund -  up to £3,000 per year may be payable for students experiencing  severe financial hardship
  • Travel and Dual Accommodation Expenses (TDAE) - Support for the cost of getting to and from practice placements and/or for staying in temporary accommodation in order to attend the placement site if daily travel from home to placement is not practicable. The LSF application window will open from 1 November 2017.
In the meantime, we're putting together a range of materials to explain the funding support available from the LSF and how to apply. This information will be available on our website in due course.
 
LSF – General Eligibility criteria:

Students must:
  • be studying on an eligible programme that leads to professional registration in either Nursing, Midwifery or an Allied Health Professional (AHP) course (the groups included in the reforms)
  • be eligible for, and in receipt of, tuition fees and a maintenance loan from the Student Loans Company (SLC), either via Student Finance England, Student Finance Wales, the Students Award Agency for Scotland, or Student Finance Northern Ireland;
  • Be actively in training (attending their course), whether in academic or practice learning;
  • be ordinarily resident in any UK country; and
  • studying at a university located in England
 Please check our website for updates and information on the Learning Support Fund.
  
Exception: 2017/18 Transitional Arrangements:
 
These apply to new students who commence the following courses on or after 1 August 2017:
  • Postgraduate pre-registration healthcare programmes: Students starting a postgraduate course from the above date may be eligible to apply for an NHS Bursary and payment of tuition fees via existing NHS Bursary funding arrangements rather than student loans, if they are studying on a place commissioned by Health Education England. If you are unsure whether your course is NHS commissioned you should contact your university in the first instance.
  • Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy programmes: Students starting on one of these courses from 1 August onwards may be eligible to apply for an NHS Bursary and tuition fees through current NHS Bursary arrangements if they are studying on a place commissioned by Health Education England. If you are unsure whether your course is NHS commissioned, you should contact your university in the first instance
  • Part-time programmes: For certain part-time undergraduate pre-registration healthcare programmes commencing between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018, maintenance bursaries are being made available. As part of the transitional arrangements for these types of programmes, a capping arrangement has been established -  eligible students will be able to apply for a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company but will have access to a maintenance bursary administered by the NHS Business Services Authority, instead of receiving a maintenance loan from SLC.
  • A list of NHS bursary- funded designated part time programmes is available from our website.  Please note that only the part-time courses included on this list are eligible courses for NHS Bursary funding in 2017/18.
 
Continuing pre-registration healthcare students
 
All of the arrangements described above only apply to new nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students starting courses on or after 1 August 2017. Students already in receipt of a NHS bursary, attending a course which started before 1 August 2017,and who have not had a break in training or changed their study pattern will continue to be funded by NHS Bursaries for the duration of their course (as long as they remain on their course, apply for a bursary on time for each year of training and their application is approved).
 
Medical and dental students will also continue to be funded through the NHS Bursary Scheme arrangements during the later years of their training.
 
Please see our website for more information.
 
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