To apply for help though the NHS Learning Support Fund (NHS LSF) you must:

  • be studying on an eligible programme that leads to professional registration in either Nursing, Midwifery or an Allied Health Professional (AHP) course which commenced on or after 1 August 2017
  • be eligible for, and in receipt of, tuition fees and a maintenance loan from the Student Loans Company (SLC), either via Student Finance England, Student Finance Wales, the Students Award Agency for Scotland, or Student Finance Northern Ireland;
  • not be in receipt of a EU Fees only award from the Student Loans Company;
  • be actively in training (attending your course), whether in academic or practice learning;
  • be ordinarily resident in any UK country; and
  • studying at a university located in England

Some students for personal reasons, such as religious grounds and other specific reasons, may not claim a student loan. Dependent upon individual circumstances these students may be eligible. NHSBSA Student Services will handle such cases directly with the individual concerned. Students will need to demonstrate that they meet the required eligibility criteria in order to receive the NHS LSF.

Healthcare students who are eligible for an NHS Bursary are not eligible to apply to the NHS LSF.

Students attending their course on secondment terms or as a Nursing Associate, where they remain employed by an organisation but are relieved of their normal duties and given leave of absence to enable them to attend the course, are also not eligible for any NHS LSF allowances.

For more information on eligibility please see the NHS LSF website.

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