From 1 August 2017, new Nursing, Midwifery and (most) Allied Health Professionals on pre-registration courses apply for funding through the standard student loan system. This applies to both September and February cohorts.
The funding you are eligible for comprises Tuition Fee Loan, Maintenance Loan and additional non repayable grants for students who have a caring responsibility (for an adult who is financially dependant on them or a child/children) and also those who have a disability or health issues which means they receive DWP Benefits. You can also apply for the Disabled Students Allowance if you have additional learning based costs.
The second part of the Health Sciences finance package is through the Learning Support Fund which is available from the NHS. This is available to new post August 17 students eligible for the full student loan package. It is administered by NHS Business Services Authority and comprises 3 elements:
- Child Dependants’ Allowance – students who have a child under 15 years old, or under 17 years if they’re registered with special educational needs, can claim a £1,000 non income assessed grant each academic year. Students will need to apply for this each year they’re at university. This is in addition to any Parent Learning Allowance grant awarded by student finance.
- Travel and Dual Accommodation Expenses – students can claim back any additional expenses they’ve had as part of attending practice placements. Students need to submit their claim within 9 months of the last day of their placement. Even if you don’t have a child, this is how you claim your travel expenses under the new rules.
- Exceptional Support Fund – students who find themselves in financial hardship can apply for an income assessed grant of up to £3,000 per academic year. This is in addition to any Student Support Fund award which the university may have issued to you. All applications to the Exceptional Support Fund must be supported by the Student Advice Service, but please note that we do not assess these applications.
How can students apply?
It is really easy to apply for the Learning Support Fund(LSF). Students simply create an account online and select which type they want to apply for. the NHS ask for a copy of your student finance letter each academic year. Students must also include a student coversheet whenever they send evidence or correspondence to us, which you can download from your LSF account. There is a guidance video which can take students through the application process.
Where can you find out more information?
You can find lots of useful information about LSF and how to apply by visiting the Learning Support Fund website. You can also use Twitter @NHSBSA_LSF or Facebook /LearningSupportFund. If you want to talk to a member of the NHS assessment team about LSF please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unfortunately, this additional fund is not available to Paramedic Practice students, who can still apply for the university Student Support Fund
If you have any questions about funding, finance, budgeting, banking, benefits or anything else with a money twist, please contact the Student Advisers here at Brighton.
Student Advice Service