Nursing and Midwifery Fees and Funding


The funding available to nursing and midwifery students for 2018/19 is detailed below.

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 new 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.

This information relates to the 2018/19 academic year.

  • The NHS pay all course fees

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

  • A means tested bursary of up to £3,567 (elsewhere rate) or up to £2,823 (parental home rate). These figures are based on the nursing and midwifery courses being 41 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 £4,000 (elsewhere rate) or £3,325 (parental home rate) for Welsh domiciled students 

  • A maintenance loan of £2,324 (elsewhere rate) or £1,744 (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.

The Welsh Government has recently confirmed that NHS funding will also be in place for student who wish to start their studies in September 2019.

The standard funding you will receive will depend upon your domicile. The Tuition Fees for Nursing and Midwifery courses are £9,000 per year.

Student Finance Wales

With regards to the Maintenance Loan and Tuition Fee Loan (if applicable), you can apply through Student Finance Wales. Please note that you will not be eligible for means tested allowances from Student Finance Wales if you will be receiving an NHS Wales Bursary Support Package.

Student Finance England

With regards to the Maintenance Loan and Tuition Fee Loan (if applicable), you can apply through Student Finance England.  Please note that you will not be eligible for means tested allowances from Student Finance Wales if you will be receiving an NHS Wales Bursary Support Package.

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 may not be affected. However, if you have previously started or completed any NHS funded course then please see our information regarding previous study.

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

The University is keen to offer support to student carers, including a Bursary from its Hardship Fund, as it is recognised that caring often has financial implications (such as less availability for paid work and increased travel costs).

The Carers Bursary is worth £1,000 (full-time students) and £500 (part-time/first or final year March starter students) to eligible USW students who are currently unpaid Carers. The Carers Trust definition of a carer is “anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support.” Please note that these duties would be in addition to the usual caring responsibilities that a parent would have for a dependent child.

Students who received the Bursary in previous academic years and students who have disclosed that they are an unpaid Carer on their current year's University enrolment form will be emailed the link to apply for the Carers Bursary following enrolment. They will be required to provide confirmation from a person, who is involved with the family on a professional basis (e.g., Social Worker, GP etc) that they are a carer and current bank statements. Students who were previously in receipt of Carer’s Allowance will need to provide proof from the Department of Work & Pensions that this has now ceased.

Carers who are paid a salary in exchange for their caring duties or are in receipt of Carer’s Allowance would not be eligible for the Bursary.

If you have any queries regarding the Carers Bursary or would like to apply, please contact the Student Money Advice Team or email hardship@southwales.ac.uk.

If you need advice regarding issues which are having an impact on your studies, please contact your Advice Zone.

NHS Bursary and Means Tested Allowances 


Once you have an offer of an NHS funded place for September 2018 you can apply online for your funding from NHS Wales.  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.