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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

You must have started year one of your course on any date from 1 September 2020 onwards to qualify for it.

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, for example, adult and mental health nursing, you can get SSP.


You'll need to apply for the Training Grant (and SSP, if this applies to you) 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 evidence

Your file must be:

  • an original document
  • full document displayed
  • clear and in focus
  • in colour
  • unaltered by computer software
  • at least 50KB and no more than 5MB

Uploaded attachments must be:

  • a JPG, BMP, PNG, TIF or PDF
  • at least 50KB and no more than 5MB


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