If you’re starting a nursing, midwifery or allied health professional pre-registration course* in England after 1 August 2017, you’ll need a Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loan as the funding has changed for NHS courses. The latest information can be found on the Funding Clinic website.
*Allied health professional pre-registration courses include BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy and DipHE Operating Department Practice.
Can I afford to go to university?
Yes! Many students worry where they’ll find the money from but remember, you don’t have to pay anything upfront and you won’t have to pay anything back until you’re earning over £21,000.
The repayments are set at 9% of your salary over £21,000 and are automatically taken from your wages each month. For example: Once you start as a Band 5 your starting salary will be £21,700 so you’d be paying back £5.25 each month.
If this is your second degree, your loans will be combined and you’ll pay back 9% of your salary over £21,000.
If you’re concerned and want to find out more, it’s worth reading MoneySavingExpert’s Mythbusting article, which looks at the realities of student loans in more detail.
How much are my tuition fees?
- UK/EU students: £9,250
- International students: £13,500
What loans are available?
- Tuition Fee Loan: This covers the full cost of tuition fees
- Maintenance Loan:
- Up to £10,410 if living away from home (not in London)
- Up to £8,395 if living in parental home (not in London).
You’ll repay these loans once you’re earning over £21,000.
This tuition fee loan for healthcare courses is available to students if you've already studied another degree.
Is there support for childcare?
Student Finance England will provide a Childcare Grant of:
- Up to £159.59 a week for one child
- Up to £273.69 a week for two children or more
You’ll also be able to apply for a Parents’ Learning Allowance of up to £1,617 a year.
The Department of Health will also provide an additional grant of up to £1,000 per student per year. For more information and how to apply visit the NHS Learning Support Fund.
What about travel expenses?
Similar to the Practice Placement Expenses detailed in the NHS Bursary Scheme, the new Travel and Dual Accommodation Expenses will be available to reimburse excess costs incurred when undertaking practical training on placements. Eligible students will need to complete a claim form which will need to be approved by your university and this will then come through to the NHSBSA who will process for payment.
Please note that this model is currently available for 2017/18 and further work is being done to clarify what will happen in 2018/19 and beyond.
Information regarding Travel and Dual Accommodation Expenses, including how to apply, is available via the NHS Learning Support Fund.
What other funding is available?
The Department of Health will provide access to exceptional support of up to £3,000 per year for those students in severe hardship.
Universities offer additional support to their students. BU offers the following to eligible students:
- BU Maintenance Bursary of up to £3,500
- BU Care Leavers Bursary of up to £16,000
- BU Academic Excellence Scholarship of £1,500
- BU Sport Scholarship of up to £5,000
- BU Music Scholarship of up to £1,150
None of our scholarships or bursaries have to be paid back, find out more here.
We’ll also provide you with your uniforms.
NHS Learning Support Fund
If you are a student on an NHS course which started in September 2017 or after, you may be eligible for additional NHS support from their Learning Support Fund. Part of the support the NHS offer is the Exceptional Support Fund for students facing financial difficulty. Please note if you wish to apply for the Exceptional Support Fund, you must have applied and received a decision from the BU Hardship Fund first.
Can international students apply?
Yes, your tuition fees will be £13,500.
Funding changes for healthcare courses
The information in this video is relevant for BSc (Hons) students only, information for students wanting to study at Postgraduate Diploma course can be found on the funding for postgraduate healthcare courses page.