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Financial support for AHP students

Certain allied health profession students on university courses leading to registration with the Health and Care Professions Council may be eligible for financial help from the NHS.

Eligible students who are accepted onto approved courses will usually have their tuition fees paid in full and may receive financial support in the form of a bursary.

They will receive a £1,000 grant each year and can apply for an additional means-tested bursary of up to £4,395 per year. Students in London will qualify for more (up to £5,460)

NHS Student Bursaries provides financial support to eligible students taking approved (NHS funded) courses in the following subjects.

  • dietetics
  • occupational therapy
  • operating department practice
  • orthoptics
  • orthotics & prosthetics
  • physiotherapy
  • podiatry/chiropody
  • radiography (diagnostic and therapeutic)
  • speech and language therapy

Note: the above arrangements relate to students commencing courses on or after September 2012.

Further information

You should contact the university/universities you are planning to apply to, to find out if the course is an approved course and attracts NHS financial support.

To be eligible for financial support from the NHS, you must meet certain criteria.

Please visit the NHS Student Bursaries' website for more information including:

  • eligibility requirements
  • the financial support available
  • an online bursary calculator
  • how the process of applying for financial support works
  • frequently asked questions
  • the latest rates
  • details of the adoption award
  • details of the maternity support award