Nursing and Midwifery Fees and Funding

Nursing and Midwifery Fees and Funding

There are currently two different funding options for the Nursing and Midwifery degrees offered by USW. You will need to decide which funding route is best for you as you cannot change part way through your studies. 

You will need to decide if you wish to commit to working in Wales for two years after completing your nursing or midwifery degree. If yes, you can choose between NHS funding OR standard student funding, if no, you can apply for standard student funding according to your domicile

In order to help you to decide, NHS Wales have provided the following information about the NHS Bursary Scheme. It is important that students read the information on this website carefully as it details how the NHS scheme will work and the implications of choosing this scheme.

Once you have an offer of an NHS funded place for 2021/22 you can apply online for your funding from NHS Wales.

Applications normally open a couple of months prior to the course start date, please check with NHS Wales for the opening date for your chosen start date.  

If you opt for the standard funding you can apply online now on your funding provider website. You should provide the unique reference number generated by the Welsh Health Education Registration System within your application.  This is so that the funding provider knows you have not opted for NHS funding  and can then assess your application for  standard funding.  If you have any queries regarding the funding available, please contact the Student Money Advice Team


NHS Funding Package

This information relates to the 2020/21 academic year.

  • The NHS pay all course fees

  • A non-means tested grant of £1,000

  • A means tested bursary of up to £3,651 (elsewhere rate) or up to £2,879 (parental home rate). These figures are based on the nursing and midwifery courses being 42 weeks in duration.

  • In addition to the basic bursary, students can apply for a number of means tested additional allowances if they meet specific criteria. These allowances provide support to disabled students and additional support for students with dependent adults and children.

  • A maintenance loan of £4,405 (elsewhere rate) or £3,665 (parental home rate) for Welsh domiciled students 

  • A maintenance loan of £2,448 (elsewhere rate) or £1,845 (parental home rate) for English domiciled students     
Note: A lower rate of loan will apply in the final year of study.

See NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership (NWSSP) for further details.

It has been confirmed that the bursary will also be available for 2021/22 and 22/23 entry. Please see the statement from the Welsh Government for further details. 

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Standard Funding

Instead of the NHS support, you can opt to receive the standard funding package. The standard funding you will receive will depend upon your domicile. The Tuition Fee charge for Nursing and Midwifery courses are £9,000 per year.

You may be eligible for support with 

  • Tuition Fees, through a Tuition Fee Loan
  • Loans and / or grants for Living Costs - up to £10,350 for Welsh Students and £9,488 for English Students
  • Dependents grants if applicable
  • Special Support Element if applicable 
  • Extra Weeks support through the long courses loan
You would apply to the funding body where you are ordinarily resident prior to the start of the course.

Please note that you will not be eligible for means tested allowances through the standard funding if you will be receiving an NHS Wales Bursary Support Package.

Find out more 

If you have previously studied a non-NHS funded course, then your entitlement to the NHS Bursary support and Reduced Loan from the Student Loans Company is not affected. 

However, if you have previously started or completed any NHS funded course then this could have implications for your funding. Please contact NHS Student Awards for more information on this.

Please note that if you already hold an honours degree, you will not be eligible to receive the standard funding package for a nursing/midwifery degree if applying to Student Finance Wales.

Some students may be entitled to state benefits or tax credits while studying. Please see Student and Benefits for further information. 

Additional Support

The University is keen to offer support to student carers, including providing a Bursary from its Student Support Fund to help those who are in need of financial support, as it is recognised that caring often has financial implications (such as less availability for paid work and increased travel costs). Find out more.

In addition to the support offered through your funding body, the University of South Wales is committed to providing support for students from care and those leaving care who want to go on to higher education.

We at the University of South Wales can help you at every stage of your university experience, with specialist help and advice before, during and after you are a student with us – leaving you to concentrate on your studies and enjoy university life. 

To ask further questions and start to access the support available to you as a Care Leaver please contact the Care Leaver Coordinator

If you not quite sure if you qualify as a Care Leaver please contact us and we can advise you further. If you are a social worker or work on behalf of an organisation such as Barnardos please feel free to contact us also. 

In addition to the support offered through your funding body, the University of South Wales is committed to providing support for students who are estranged from their parents or become estranged during their studies.

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