2015/16 and 2016/17
For entry in academic years 2015/16 and 2016/17 there are no tuition fees payable and students will receive a ‘means tested bursary’, equivalent to the NHSBSA level of funding. Students may also be eligible to apply for a ‘Reduced Maintenance Loan’ from Student Finance England, and additional funding for dependants may also be available.
This programme is not currently part of the centralised NHS bursary scheme but is funded by the health service locally and administered by the University.
We recognise that in the Government’s Spending Review, on 25 November 2015, changes are going to be made to the funding for nursing, midwifery and allied health professions pre-registration education for the academic year 2017/18.
Full details are to be confirmed by the Government and we will update our web pages as information becomes available.
The current information detailed in the Government’s Department of Health NHS Bursary Reform Paper issued on 9th December states that:
- From 1st August 2017 new nursing, midwifery and allied health students will no longer receive NHS bursaries. Instead, they will have access to the same student loans system as other students.
- Under the loans system, students on nursing, midwifery and allied health courses will receive around a 25% increase in the financial support available to them for living costs. The precise change for individuals will be dependent on their circumstances – for example, where they study, the length of the course, income and residency.
- The Department of Health intends that students studying nursing, midwifery and the allied health subjects as a second degree will also be able to get student loans.
- Repayment terms are expected to be the same as for students on the standard loans system. Graduates become eligible to pay back their loans in the April after they graduate, and then they will have to pay back only 9% of their earnings over £21,000 per year. For example a graduate on a salary of £21,700 per year would pay £5.25 per month. If income drops below £21,000 for any reason, for example part-time working or a career break, repayments stop. Any outstanding balance on student loans is written off by the government 30 years after the graduate becomes eligible for repayment (in the April after graduation).
The Council of Deans of Health has also issued some background information for students. View the website for further details.
The Government has not announced any changes to funding for students applying to study in academic years 2015/16 and 2016/17.
Additional course costs
Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet.
- Students on this programme may incur travel and accommodation costs whilst on placement. These costs can be reclaimed by students from the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing.
- Students on this programme will also be required to wear uniform in practice whilst on placement. The cost of the uniform is funded by SECAMB.
Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.