Student funding arrangements vary across the UK. Your eligibility for funding is determined by your usual place of residence, not your place of study.
If you are living in England and want to study in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, you will have access to the same student loans system as if you were studying in England. This is the same as the system for other university courses. You can find out more in our UK funding table showing tuition fees and financial support across the home nations or via the gov.uk website.
Scotland does not have any tuition fees. Nursing and midwifery students in Scotland are funded under a different system to allied health profession students.
Scottish-resident students studying nursing or midwifery in Scotland are eligible for the Nursing and Midwifery Student Bursary Scheme (NMSB), administrated by the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). Degree, honours and masters’ level study leading to registration as a nurse or midwife are eligible. This financial support covers the cost of tuition fees (unless the applicant is a graduate with a nursing or midwifery qualification), a non-means tested non-repayable bursary, and additional funding for care-experienced students under 26.
Additional allowances are available for eligible students, including a dependants’ allowance, a lone parent’s allowance, contributions towards childcare costs and a disabled student’s allowance. The costs of placement-related travel and accommodation are reimbursed.
For 2018/19 the non-means tested bursary for nursing and midwifery students in Scotland is £6,578. For 2019/20 this will increase to £8,100 and by 2020/21 it will rise to £10,000. Students on this scheme are not eligible to apply for a maintenance loan.
Students domiciled in England, Wales or Northern Ireland and studying in Scotland have to pay tuition fees but can apply for financial assistance from their relevant funding body.
The Scottish Government Health Directorate (SGHD) currently pays the fees for EU nursing students (currently confirmed for students starting in 2019/20 and 2020/21) but there is no bursary available to EU students.
Unlike nursing and midwifery students, allied health profession students in Scotland come under the general Scottish student funding system and receive a combination of bursaries and loans, dependent on household income and whether an individual is classified as a Young Student or Independent student. Additional allowances are available to eligible students. These include a dependants’ allowance, a loan parent’s allowance, contributions towards childcare costs and a disabled student’s allowance. As in England, the costs of placement-related travel and accommodation are reimbursed.
More information can be found on the Student Awards Agency Scotland website.
Wales still has an NHS bursary, though it is reviewing its student support system for all students.
Students in Wales who access the NHS bursary now need to commit to working in Wales for two years after graduation. If you are a Welsh domiciled student and you do not wish to commit to working within Wales on completion of your course, you will have access to the standard student support package available from Student Finance Wales. However, if you already have a first degree and are undertaking a pre-registration programme you are not eligible to apply for a reduced rate student loan.
The NHS bursary in Wales covers:
Individuals who already have a first degree and are undertaking a pre-registration programme at MSc/PG Dip level in Wales will have access to the NHS bursary package but no access to the reduced student maintenance loan.
Further information can be found on the NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership website.
If you come from England and wish to study in Wales, you will have a choice of taking out a loan from your own nation or applying for a Welsh NHS bursary. If you take the bursary, at the moment, like Welsh students you would need to commit to working in Wales for at least two years after graduation.
EU nationals who commit to working in Wales can access funding for tuition fees only, EU nationals who are unable to commit to work in Wales will have to self-fund for all tuition fees. EU nationals that have been resident in the UK for three years prior to the start of the course are eligible to same support as UK nationals.
In Northern Ireland, there are commissioned places on nursing and midwifery first degree courses. These are generally only available to undergraduate students from Northern Ireland or the EU. Students from England, Scotland or Wales are not able to apply for a commissioned place unless they have lived in Northern Ireland for three years prior to course commencement. Financial support covers tuition fees (these are paid by the Department of Health in Northern Ireland) and a non-means tested bursary of £5,165.04. This bursary is supplemented by a means tested dependant’s allowance based on individual circumstances (also non-repayable). Students on a commissioned place are not able to apply for a maintenance loan.AHP students can access a means-tested NHS bursary and a reduced rate maintenance loan. More details can be found on the nidirect website.
Students from Northern Ireland and the EU can also apply for a commissioned place for an allied health professional first degree. The same restrictions apply for students from England, Scotland and Wales. Support available for these types of courses cover tuition fees (again by the Department of Health) and means tested personal allowance based on household income of up to £1,920 if living in parental home, or up to £2,355 if living elsewhere. Students on allied health profession courses may apply for a reduced non-means tested maintenance loan, for 2018/19 this was £1,780 for students living in parental home or £2,370 for students elsewhere.