How to fund your NHS course

From September 2017, any student studying an NHS course (Nursing, Midwifery, Paramedic Science, Healthcare Science) has the choice as to whether they receive funding from the NHS Wales Bursary Scheme or via Student Loans and Grants. In normal circumstances, students cannot change their funding route. Exceptional cases will be considered through an appeals mechanism

To receive funding from the NHS Wales Bursary Scheme, students will have to commit to working in Wales for 2 years following the completion of their course. (different timescales apply for courses longer or shorter than 3 years).

It is advised that all students read the NHS Wales Bursary Scheme FAQ’s and Terms and Conditions.

Swansea University also provides further support for care experienced young people


Cannot make this Commitment?

You need to record your intent to study and register your decision on the NWSSP Student Awards Services Welsh Health Education Registration System. If you fail to register via the System you will not be eligible to access the full student finance entitlement.

You can apply for support towards the cost of your Tuition Fees and living expenses by applying online via the relevant Student Finance websites. What you are entitled to will depend upon your individual circumstances, for more information it is advised you look at the relevant nations pages

Even though you are not receiving the NHS Wales Bursary Scheme, you can still access the NHS support system for travel and accommodation costs associated with placements.

IMPORTANT - The previous study rules are different depending on the funding you decide to access. If you have previous study within Higher Education and wish to access student loans and grants, it is advised that you contact Money@CampusLife to discuss your circumstances before applying for your funding.

Can Make this Commitment

If you are happy to make the commitment to working within Wales for 2 years following graduation, you will be eligible to receive the NHS Wales Bursary Scheme, which includes a reduced rate loan from Student Finance.

You should apply for your NHS bursary as soon you have firmly accepted an offer from your chosen university. The latest date for applying for funding is six weeks after commencing the course.

What Funding is available via the NHS Wales Bursary Scheme?

Tuition Fees

Tuition Fees are currently charged at £9000 per year but are covered in full by the NHS so no tuition fee payment is required.

NHS Maintenance Funding

NHS Funding is also available in the form of a non-means tested NHS grant of £1,000 and a means-tested NHS bursary up to £4491. The actual amount of bursary you will receive will be dependent on the length of your course and your household income.

In addition, students can apply for a number of additional supplementary grants if they meet specific criteria. These grants are means tested and are:

Dependants’ Allowances
Parent Learning Allowance
Childcare Allowance
IMPORTANT - Please be aware that the first instalment of NHS funding is not usually paid until the end of the 2nd month of your course.

Student Awards Services implements the NHS Wales Bursary Schemes, which provides funding for healthcare students on NHS funded courses in Wales. If you are considering a professional career in health care and would like to know more about the financial support you will get during your training, then please contact:

Bursary Enquiries - Tel: 02920 905380



Maintenance Loans 2021/22

Students are also able to access a reduced rate non-means tested Maintenance Loan of £4675 (Wales) or £2534 (England). Applications will need to be made to Student Finance Wales or Student Finance England.

Students who have previous study or already hold a degree qualification WILL still be able to receive this loan.

How many years of funding can I access? 

Please note that under the NHS Bursary funding scheme, if you have enrolled on an undergraduate BSc pre-registration programme you are eligible for a maximum of three years of funding unless you have mitigating circumstances confirmed by the university. If you change course part way through your training and need more than three years to complete your training, then you will be required to self-fund the additional training required. 

Other terms and conditions do apply and you are advised to check your eligibility for funding before enrolling or changing your enrolment status. 

Other Funding

Depending on a students' circumstances Disability Student's Allowance (DSA) may also be available, further advice can be obtained from our Disability team.

If you have additional circumstances, there may be additional support and funding available. For more information please visit our Student Plus webpage.

Failure to fulfil commitment

Studies - If you receive the NHS Wales Bursary and withdraw from study due to academic failure, placement failure, fitness to practice (ill health), you will not be liable to make any repayment. But if you decide to leave the course because it is not the right course for you, you will be liable to repay an element of the funding you have received through the NHS Wales Bursary scheme. This will be on a sliding scale to reflect the costs incurred to date.

Employment - If you receive funding from the NHS Wales Bursary Scheme and leave your employment in Wales before 2 years, the repayment you make will be calculated on the sliding scale to reflect the amount of time you will have worked in Wales.


If you become liable to repay all or part of the funding you received from the NHS Wales Bursary Scheme, the debt becomes repayable in full within 3 months of being notified. It is the individual’s responsibility to fund such a repayment. Travel, additional accommodation, childcare costs, disabled students allowance, dependents allowance, and parental learning allowance will be excluded from repayments.

For more information regarding the minimum repayment amounts, please see Appendix 2 of the NHS Wales Bursary Scheme FAQ's.