Funding Support for Health Students

Students in England on nursing, midwifery and most allied health professional (AHP) undergraduate pre-registration courses will have access to the standard student support package of tuition fee loans and support for living costs. Students at Canterbury Christ Church University will also have access to the following support. 

Students and prospective students should not rely on the current Learning Support Fund rules and allowances when planning for subsequent academic years. These rules may be subject to review in the future and as a result may change.

Further information on the Learning Support Fund will be posted on the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) website. Students are advised to check the website on a regular basis.

The above courses are funded through the Student Finance England tuition and maintenance loan arrangement. These loans work like a tax on earnings above a certain amount, not like a commercial loan or a payday loan:

  • When you make an application to the Student Loans Company the tuition fees are transferred to the university automatically – you don’t have to get involved with that process.
  • Under the current rules, you only start paying back the loans when you earn above £21k, and pay 9% of any income above £21k. If your income drops below the threshold you stop having to repay the loan.
  • To give you an idea of what that means in practice, under current rules if you started on a Band 5 salary in the NHS of £21.7k you would repay £5.25 per month (9% of £700/12).
  • You pay back the loans gradually from your pay packet – it’s done automatically so you don’t have to worry about missing repayments.

Visit the student loans page for more information on loans and repayments.

Under the student support system, students are eligible for a range of means-tested loans, including a specific loan designed to support students on courses that have a longer than average student year. There are also special allowances, for example for childcare, adult dependents and parents’ learning. These special allowances are grants not loans, so you don’t have to repay them.

  • Students outside of London and living away from the parental home: the maximum amount of living cost support per year would increase from £6975 to £9256 (a 33% increase);
  • Students living in the parental home: the maximum amount of living cost support per year would increase from £5,623 to £7,588 (a 35% increase).

Severe Hardship

There will be an Exceptional Support Fund of up to £3,000 available for eligible students facing severe hardship. The NHS Business Services Authority will be administering this scheme and further details will be available shortly.

This is in addition to sources of exceptional hardship funding support which the University provides.

Students can access more detailed information on the NHS Financial Support for Health Students Exceptional Support Fund at

Under this system, the childcare allowance, which is a grant not a loan, is more generous than under the old NHS bursary rules. In both systems, you can claim up to 85% of the maximum rate:

  • For one child, this is currently a maximum of £155.24 per week on the general HE system, compared to a maximum of £128.78 per week on the NHS Bursary system.
  • For two or more children, this is currently £266.15 per week on the general HE system, compared to £191.45 per week on the NHS Bursary system.
  • The Government has committed to providing additional support of £1,000 per healthcare student with dependants, per academic year, to make certain that those with child dependants can continue to study and attend clinical placements.

Students can access more detailed information on the NHS Financial Support for Health Students Child Dependants Allowance at

Students who are planning to undertake nursing, midwifery and allied health professional subjects as a second degree will be able to access the standard student support system, on the same terms as students studying for a first degree.

That might sound daunting but the 9% repayment over the earnings threshold applies even if you’ve got more than one set of loans. So if you take out loans for two degrees you will still pay back 9% not 18%. The rule about the remainder of the loan being written off after 30 years applies from the first loan you take out.

Nursing, midwifery and AHP students spend a large portion of their courses on placements, which means that students have additional travel and accommodation expenses. 

Eligible students will be able to apply for reimbursement of essential expenses incurred, over and above their normal daily travel costs, as a result of attending practice placements. The expenses will be payable to eligible students for a full academic year for eligible programmes that commenced between 1 August 2018 and 31 July 2019, provided that a valid claim is made within nine months of the cost being incurred.

Please note that as BSc Physiotherapy is a new programme (subject to checking), students on this course are not eligible for travel and placement accomodation support.

The government will publish the arrangements for 2018/19 onwards in due course.

Students can access more detailed information on the NHS Financial Support for Health Students re mileage and accommodation rates at

The Student Finance Calculator is a helpful tool that allows you to calculate the loans and support available to you.

CCCU Advantage Package

Our aim is to ensure that there are no hidden initial costs when commencing your Health and Wellbeing course. Any additional costs to pre-registration health and social care students should be kept to a minimum, therefore, we will be providing all our students commencing courses affected by the NHS bursary changes from September 2017 with extra funding support as part of your course fees.

The CCCU Advantage Package includes:

  • Uniforms
  • Disclosure & Barring Service check
  • Occupational Health costs, including immunisation

Please note: Awards are limited and eligibility does not guarantee receipt of award.

In addition to this, health students can apply and may be eligible for other University awards. Please visit our Scholarships, Bursaries and Financial Support page to find out what's available. 


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Last edited: 26/09/2019 10:07:00