Nursing Times has today reported that all future nursing and midwifery students look set to be offered a combination of a bursary and a loan from September 2012, under latest government plans.
Department of Health civil servants have recommended to ministers that all students should receive a non-means tested bursary of £1,000 together with a means tested bursary, the value of which will depend on where they live. They will also be offered a reduced rate loan.
It would mean a student on a 30-week course outside of London could receive a maximum of £5,915 in support per year of which £3,591 would come from a combination of bursaries and £2,324 from a loan. A student in London could receive a total of £7,391, of which £4,128 would come from bursaries and £3,263 from loans. Meanwhile a student living at home with their parents could receive a total of £4,907, with £3,163 coming from bursaries and £1,744 from loans.
The changes will replace the current mismatch in the student support system in which diploma students receive a non-means tested bursary and degree students receive a means tested bursary.