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Training Grant

The Training Grant is a non-means-tested grant of £5,000 each academic year for all eligible students.

You can apply for the Training Grant through your online NHS LSF account.

You'll need to upload evidence of your student loan funding when you apply. 

Specialist Subject Payment (SSP)

On top of the Training Grant, you can get an extra £1,000 per academic year if you're studying:

  • mental health nursing
  • learning disability nursing
  • radiography (diagnostic and therapeutic)
  • prosthetics and orthotics
  • orthoptics and podiatry

If you are eligible for SSP, it will be added to your NHS LSF account when you apply for the Training Grant.

Combined courses and SSP

If your course includes one of the above subjects and leads to dual registration, you can get SSP. For example, if you’re studying adult and mental health nursing.

Applying for the Training Grant

You'll need to apply for the Training Grant (and SSP, if applicable) at the start of each academic year.

If you've applied for a student loan, you’ll need to upload your student finance award letter to your online NHS LSF account.

If you have not applied for a student loan, you'll need to upload proof of identification such as a passport or driving licence. Depending on your circumstances, we may ask you for further evidence.

Uploading a document to your NHS LSF account

Your file must be:

  • a JPG, BMP, PNG, TIF or PDF
  • an original copy that displays the document in full
  • clear and in focus
  • in colour
  • unaltered by computer software
  • at least 50KB and no more than 5MB


You can watch a short video with information about the Training Grant.