Changes to NHS funding for student nurses

(9 Posts)
TheStarLightExpress Mon 14-Mar-16 09:45:51

I would like to retrain as a Mental Health nurse in 2018 (currently pregnant). I had found a graduate entry Masters course to do this (as I already have a degree) which would be my preference, or of course doing the standard undergraduate degree if I wasn't accepted. I'm now concerned about the changes to funding though- I know that previous study didn't affect funding due to it being NHS (and not student loans company) but this is apparently due to change in 2017?

Any info would be much appreciated! flowers

titchy Mon 14-Mar-16 15:49:52

There's an exemption - you're fine.

TheStarLightExpress Mon 14-Mar-16 17:36:12

Thanks Titchy, I had tried looking and not got anywhere.. Do you know if that's for the MA as well? I know the NHS paid those fees but you couldn't get a student finance loan

titchy Mon 14-Mar-16 18:48:31

Masters courses will be covered by the new PG loans of £10k for fees and maintenance as far as I know.

rightsaidfrederickII Mon 14-Mar-16 22:54:08

The details aren't finalised yet, but it looks like these courses will be exempted from the rules about funding for people who already have a degree. This is about the best info out there at the moment. www.councilofdeans.org.uk/2015/11/the-2015-spending-review-changes-to-nursing-midwifery-and-ahp-education-background-information-for-students/

calisha Mon 16-May-16 19:14:45

I work at a university that does a 2 yr Masters pre registration nursing programme - obviously we are interested in the funding available to post grad students post 2017.

Although it's still out for consultation what we DO know is that there is now a post grad student loan system that gives up to £10K - you would need to cover fees and living expenses with that.

You could still undertake a traditional 3 yr UG programme and access student loans though

WhoTheFuckIsSimon Mon 16-May-16 19:18:30

I thought from 2017 you have to pay 9k a year tuition fees?

calisha Mon 16-May-16 19:22:43

Yes for 9K Undergraduate degrees - it's not clear how much a PG degree will cost. The PG loan system is different to UG

AndYourBirdCanSing Sat 21-May-16 20:04:00

Calisha do you think it's likely that the loan would fully cover the fees?

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