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Funding your studies

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

  • Funding for health and social care courses

    Undergraduate pre-registration courses

    Undergraduate students on nursing, midwifery and allied health professions pre-registration courses in England are eligible to apply for student loans from Student Finance England to pay for their tuition fees and living costs.

    Postgraduate pre-registration courses

    Postgraduate pre-registration students follow the same funding model as for undergraduate students. This means that if you are applying for one of our postgraduate pre-registration courses listed below, you are eligible to apply for a loan from Student Finance England to contribute to your tuition fees and living costs.

    • MSc Nursing (Adult, Child or Mental Health) pre-registration
    • MSc Occupational Therapy pre-registration
    • MSc Radiotherapy and Oncology in Practice pre-registration
    • MSc Physiotherapy pre-registration
    • MSc Dietetics

    Guidance for applicants on eligibility for loans can be found at Student Finance England.

    Additional funding for pre-registration courses
    The NHS Business Services Authority will provide additional funding for nursing, midwifery and some allied health professional students through the Learning Support Fund. Eligible students may be able to access the following:

    Please visit the NHS Business Services Authority website for further information including when and how to apply.

  • How are social work courses funded?

    The Department of Health allocates 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
    Due to the limited number of bursaries the process for recommending students to the Department of Health requires us to prioritise bursary candidates, we do this 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).

    Please note if you receive a bursary you will not be eligible to apply for a postgraduate loan.

    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).

    Due to the limited number of bursaries the process for recommending students to the Department of Health requires us to prioritise bursary candidates, we do this based on performance against our admissions criteria during the course selection event.

    Travel bursary
    All students are eligible to apply to the Department of Health for a small bursary to cover placement travel costs.

    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'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 have to pay anything upfront. You do not start paying this back until you earn over a certain amount (this is currently £25,000), 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 amount you repay each month is based on how much you earn, not the size of your loan, and you pay the same amount each month. Get an estimate on what your loan repayments would look like with the Student Finance repayment calculator.

    The amount you need to earn to start re-paying your loan is currently £25,000 and is now adjusted annually in line with average earnings.

    The money will be deducted automatically from your wages (just like tax and national insurance). You will stop making repayments if your salary drops below £25,000 - even if only for a short time - and any unpaid balance will be 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. 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.

  • Preparing for University

    Students on some healthcare courses spend a great deal of time on clinical and community placements away from the university. In some cases, this means that students need to travel longer distances than usual or even stay away from home for a period of time. Students who fall into this category may be eligible for reimbursement of additional travel and accommodation costs over normal daily travel costs. This support is part of the Learning Support Fund administered through the NHS Business Services Authority.
    Read more about reimbursement here

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