Eligible students on approved pre-registration nursing courses may be able to get funding support from the NHS.
I began the Access to Nursing course shortly after my baby was born and was supported with a childcare allowance. Then I gained my adult nursing diploma, supported by a bursary that meant I qualified debt-free.
For eligible students, this support normally includes full payment of tuition fees.
NHS student bursaries may also be available to help with living expenses.
I chose to study for a learning disability nursing diploma at Kingston University, supported by a bursary and holiday temping jobs.
To find out more , see Financial Support for Students on the Health Careers website along with information on potential changes to the funding of nursing courses from 2017. You can also visit the NHS Student Bursaries website.
It wasn’t the financial support that made me decide to train as a nurse – it was the chance to gain a lifelong career.