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Fears potential mature nursing students are being put off by fees

About 6,000 fewer mature students have applied to start nursing courses this coming autumn compared with last year.
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About 6,000 fewer mature students have applied to start nursing courses this coming autumn compared with last year

With the end of bursaries for nursing students in England a matter of weeks away, academics have told Nursing Standard of the need to ensure mature students are not put off by funding changes.

About 6,000 fewer mature students have applied to start nursing courses this coming autumn compared with last year.

Figures from the university admissions service UCAS show a 28% drop in the number of over-25s applying in England.

£21,000

the wage at which nurses will start paying back their student loan

For critics of the government’s plans to cut the bursary from August and apply fees of up to £9,000 a year, this is the fallout

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