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Funding your studies

The government is changing the way health courses are funded. Here’s what you need to know.

  • How is funding for health courses changing?

    Due to government changes, from 1 August 2017 new students on nursing, midwifery and allied health professions pre-registration courses in England will have access to the standard student loans from Student Finance England to pay for tuition fees and living costs.

    Additional funding

    The NHS Business Services Authority will provide additional funding for some nursing, midwifery and allied health professional students because of the compulsory clinical placement required by these courses. Eligible students may be able to access the following:

    • a non-repayable grant of £1,000 per year if they have child dependants
    • exceptional support of up to £3,000 per year in the case of severe hardship
    • support for excess travel and dual accommodation expenses incurred by attending practice placements

    The NHS Business Services Authority website will provide further details about when funding applications can be made well in advance of the start of the 2017/18 academic year.

    Please visit the NHS Business Services Authority website for further information.

    Postgraduate pre-registration health courses

    If you are applying for one of the postgraduate pre-registration courses listed below, and starting in 2017, your fees will be paid for you by the Department of Health and you will receive a bursary to contribute to your living costs.

    • Nursing (Adult, Child or Mental Health)
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Radiotherapy and Oncology in Practice

    If you are studying Physician Associate Studies (January 2018 entry) your course fees will be paid by Health Education Yorkshire and Humber and you will receive a £5,000 bursary per year.

    Please visit the NHS Business Services Authority website for further information.

  • How are social work courses funded?

    The Department of Health provide a limited number of bursaries for social work students - the number varies on an annual basis. For MSW Social Work the bursary applies to both years of study, for BA Social Work it would apply to the second and third year of study only.

    MSW Social Work
    The process for recommending students to the Department of Health as bursary priorities is based on performance against our admissions criteria during the course selection event.

    Information about applying for the NHS social work bursaries is included in the course selection event.

    Where an NHS social work bursary is not available you will remain eligible to apply for the postgraduate student loan (subject to criteria)

    BA Social Work
    Bursaries are not payable in the first year of undergraduate study, however you will remain eligible to apply for the student loan (subject to the usual criteria).

    The process for recommending students to the Department of Health as bursary priorities is based on performance against our admissions criteria during the course selection event.

    Further information is available on the NHS social work bursaries website.

  • How is BSc Paramedic Science funded?

    New students in England will have access to the standard student loans from Student Finance England to pay for tuition fees and living costs. Unlike most other health pre-registration courses, students who have already received a loan from Student Finance England for a previous Honours degree may not be eligible for a second loan for paramedic courses.

  • I've already started my course. Does this change affect me?

    No. If you began your studies before 1 August 2017 you will not be affected by the new loan system.

  • I'm not sure I can afford to go to University. What financial support is there to help me?

    The student loan provides for both your tuition fees and your living costs.

    There are also a range of means-tested loans, including a specific loan designed to support students on courses that have a longer than average student year.

    To talk to somebody about your own circumstances, call 0114 225 3813 or email studenthelp@shu.ac.uk

  • I have children or other dependents. Is there financial support to help?

    Yes. There are grants for childcare, adult dependents and parents' learning allowance. These are grants not loans, so you do not need to repay them.

    To talk to somebody about your own circumstances, call 0114 225 3813 or email studenthelp@shu.ac.uk

  • When do I need to pay back the loan?

    You do not start paying this back until you earn over a certain amount (currently £21,000), in the same way as other students.

    You won't pay anything back until the April after you graduate at the earliest and repayments will be made gradually out of your pay (you don't need to worry about missing a payment as it is taken automatically.)

    If your salary ever drops below the threshold, you will stop making repayments.

  • How much do I need to pay back?

    The thresholds and amounts can change according to government policy. The current rules state that you pay back 9% of any income above £21.000.

    For example, if you were earning the usual starting salary for a nurse of £21,700, you would repay £5.25 per month.

    Any unpaid loan amount is written off after 30 years.

  • I already have a loan from a previous degree. Do I have to pay back both loans at the same time?

    In most cases, no. The current rules of paying back 9% of any income over £21,000 still applies. You will only pay back the second loan once you have repaid the first loan. Please check your personal eligibility for funding with Student Finance England.

    You will still only pay back on your loans for 30 years. Any unpaid loan amount, including any remaining from your second loan, will be written off.

  • Where can I find more information?

    Read more on the Funding Clinic and Department of Health websites.

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