NHS Learning Support Fund

If you started a full-time undergraduate NHS course (see below) in England after August 2017 you may be eligible for the NHS Learning Support Fund (LSF).

This offers support for:

  • students with at least one dependent child (Child Dependants Allowance)
  • practice placement travel and/or temporary accommodation costs (Travel and Dual Accommodation Expenses)
  •  students experiencing financial hardship (Exceptional Support Fund)

Our research has shown that many eligible students are not claiming what they are entitled to. That is why we are encouraging all NHS students in England to make sure they check whether they are eligible to claim.

We know it’s not enough, but something is better than nothing. That’s why you should claim it if you are entitled to it.

You can find out more from the NHS Business Services Authority.

Elegible courses

The NHS Learning Support Fund is available if you started one of these courses after August 2017: dietetics, midwifery, nursing (adult, child, mental health, learning disability, joint nursing/social work), occupational therapy, operating department practitioner, orthoptics, orthotics and prosthetics, physiotherapy, podiatry/chiropody, radiography (diagnostic and therapeutic), speech and language therapy.

Student paramedics are not eligible, but UNISON is campaigning to change this.

You will be able to get more detailed guidance from your university department or students’ union.