Hardship payments rise as students struggle without the bursary

Nursing Standard investigation reveals ‘alarming, yet predictable’ personal cost in England
Worried student

Nursing Standard investigation reveals ‘alarming, yet predictable’ personal cost in England

  • Student numbers have fallen since the bursary was scrapped in England
  • RCN says burden of debt makes students think twice about nursing
  • Nursing students are now eligible for more financial support than in 2016-17, says Department of Health and Social Care

Hardship payments intended to enable nursing students to remain in their degree programmes have risen since the NHS bursary was cut in England, a Nursing Standard investigation shows.

£8.95 million

in hardship grants and funding has been paid to struggling nursing students at 49 universities across the UK since 2016

Responses obtained from 35 of 62 universities surveyed in England showed the hardship payments they made rose 6% to £3.47 million in the academic year after the bursary in England


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