Learning Support Fund

Students starting a new Nursing, Midwifery or Allied Health Professional course on or after 1 August 2017 may be eligible to apply for financial support from the 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)


Students who wish to apply for one or more elements of the Learning Support Fund need to be:

  • studying on an eligible programme at a university in England
  • eligible for tuition fee and maintenance support from the Student Loans Company, either through Student Finance England (SFE), Student Finance Wales (SFW), the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) or Student Finance Northern Ireland (SFNI)
  • actively in study, whether academic or practice learning

Students attending a part-time course starting from 1 August 2017 to 31 July 2018 and are eligible for an NHS Bursary maintenance award can also apply for the Exceptional Support Fund element of LSF but not the other allowances.

Alternative arrangements are in place for students who may not apply for a loan due to personal reasons. Those students must still show that they meet the eligibility criteria as defined by either SFE, SFW, SFNI or SAAS, as applicable.

Application Process

Find out more about the fund and apply at the Learning Support Fund website.