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Training grants for healthcare students

Many healthcare students are eligible for a training grant, worth at least £5,000 a year, to help with living costs.

The training grant is available to students of nursing, midwifery, paramedic science, operating department practice, physiotherapy and occupational therapy.

It has been given to new and continuing degree-level students from September 2020.

Details of the grant

  • Pre-registration nursing, operating department practice, midwifery, paramedic science, physiotherapy and occupational therapy students will receive a non-repayable and non-means tested grant of £5,000 a year to help with living costs.
  • The grant is available to new students and those who are already studying relevant courses.
  • Additional support (up to £3,000 a year) will be available in some regions or specialisms, or to help cover childcare costs. This includes:
    • specialist disciplines such as mental health nursing
    • an extra £1,000 as a top-up to the current Child Dependants Allowance for childcare costs (this will be known as Parental Support and replaces the current CDA element).
    • £1,000 if studying in specific regions that are keen to recruit more healthcare professionals.

This grant is offered in addition to existing student support, including the Tuition Fee Loan.

Further information from the NHS BSA website.

How to apply

Visit the NHS BSA website to check your eligibility and apply for the funding. You'll need to set up an account.

Study nursing and healthcare at ARU

Find out more about our degrees in Nursing, Midwifery, Paramedic Science and Operating Department Practice.