2. What you'll get

NHS students

Full-time NHS students starting a course from 1 September 2012 can apply for:

  • a bursary from the NHS
  • a grant from the NHS
  • a Maintenance Loan from Student Finance England

Eligible part-time students can apply for:

  • a reduced bursary from the NHS
  • a reduced grant from the NHS

The reduced rate depends on your course attendance.

If you choose a means tested NHS bursary the amount you get depends on your household income.

The grant and the maintenance loan are independent of your household income.

How much Maintenance Loan full-time students get depends on:

  • where you live
  • whether you’re in the final year of your course (when you get less)

If you study up to 30 weeks a year, you’ll get:

Where you study and live Grant Bursary Maintenance Loan
In London £1,000 Up to £3,128 Up to £3,263
Outside London £1,000 Up to £2,591 Up to £2,324
With your parents £1,000 Up to £2,163 Up to £1,744

If you study up to 45 weeks a year, you’ll get:

Where you study and live Grant Bursary Maintenance Loan
In London £1,000 Up to £5,460 Up to £3,263
Outside London £1,000 Up to £4,395 Up to £2,324
With your parents £1,000 Up to £3,351 Up to £1,744

In the final year of study the Maintenance Loan is reduced to:

  • £2,498 if you study in London
  • £1,811 if you study outside London
  • £1,324 if you live with your parents

The grant and the Maintenance Loan are not dependent on your household income but the bursary is.

Medical and dental courses

The first 4 years of your undergraduate course are funded in the same way as other eligible full-time higher education courses.

After the 4th year of your course you can get:

  • an NHS bursary based on your income
  • your tuition fees paid in full by the NHS
  • a reduced rate Maintenance Loan (not based on your income) from Student Finance England

Healthcare professional courses

NHS bursaries are available for certain healthcare professions - see Eligibility for the professions covered.

Eligible students on these courses may get:

  • a bursary based on their household income
  • their tuition fees paid in full by the NHS
  • a reduced rate Maintenance Loan, not based on their income if they’re studying for a degree

Graduate-entry accelerated medical and dental programmes

If you’re studying an accelerated medical or dental programme:

  • in year 1 you pay £3,465 of your tuition costs yourself
  • in years 2 to 4 £3,465 of your tuition costs is paid with an NHS bursary
  • you can get a Tuition Fee Loan of up to £5,535 from Student Finance England to pay for the remaining tuition costs each year

How it’s paid

The NHS bursary is paid monthly.

If you’re disabled or have children

You may also get extra help if you:

  • have a disability, long-term health condition, mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty
  • have dependants

Find out what extra help you could get.

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