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For students whose course started before 1st September 2012, (and who are continuing with their studies on the same course) then you will continue to remain on the same funding system as before. The details of which depend on whether your course is a degree or a diploma.
To receive funding you must be on a eligible course and meet the personal eligibility criteria. If you have already receive funding on the course, you will not need to prove your eligibility again. If however, you are applying for funding for the first time then you will need to meet the following:
- Be ordinarily resident in the UK on the first day of the course and the three years preceding the course (if you are unsure on this seek advice)
- Not already registered in that profession
The NHS will pay fees on your behalf
The funding for both Degree and Diploma courses is based on a number of factors. These include the actual course that you are studying and your individual circumstances. Payments from the NHS are made on a monthly basis (except Childcare which is paid at the end of the term).
Students on an NHS degree course are entitled to (per year):
- A means tested bursary of up to £4614
- A reduced rate non means tested Maintenance Loan of £2324 (This funding is from Student Finance England and is paid in termly instalments it is paid back through the standard loan recovery method)
In addition there is also extra supplementary grants dependent on the student’s circumstances:
- Dependents Allowance of up to £2640 per year for a financially dependent spouse, civil partner or for the first dependent child. Plus £539 for each additional dependent child
- Parent Learning Allowance of up to £1303 for students with children (one award per student not per child)
- Childcare Allowance of up to 85% of your actual childcare costs
- Practice Placement Costs: reimbursement of normal travel costs from your term time residence to placement.
Students on an NHS diploma courses will be entitled to (per year):
- A Non Means tested bursary of £6701
Plus supplementary grants dependent on the students individual circumstances:
- Dependent’s Allowance of up to £2238 per year for a financially dependent spouse, civil partner or for your first dependent child plus £539 for each additional dependent child.
- Parent Learning allowance of up to £1104 for students with children (one award per student not child)
- Childcare Allowance of up to 85% of childcare costs
- Practice Placement costs: reimbursement of normal travel costs from your term time time residence to placement.
The additional supplemntary grants for both degree and diploma courses are subject to different means tests in comparison to the standard NHS bursary and can take into account further aspects of the students financial circumstances.