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Funding for healthcare students

Last updated: 25/07/2023 15:17

Understand your choices when it comes to healthcare course funding and making applications.

Available funding and how to apply

There are two routes of funding available to home undergraduate students who will be studying a healthcare course.

  • NHS funding is usually available for students who make a commitment to work in Wales post-qualification.
  • Alternatively, if you plan not to commit to working in Wales after qualifying then you can opt out of NHS funding and apply for funding via Student Finance (subject to eligibility conditions).

You can find out more about the two funding routes and the commitment to work in Wales on our Funding Your Healthcare course page.

Most students will have applied for funding before the start of their course. If you have not done so then you will need to decide on a funding system and apply as soon as possible.

If you have chosen a funding system and applied for funding, please check your entitlement letter and ensure that the university and course details are correct.

Please note you only have up to 10 weeks after the start of the course to change from being NHS funded to Student Finance funding or the other way round. After this time you will not be able to swap funding systems, unless you can demonstrate that you have exceptional reasons to do so.


If you are coming to Cardiff University through Clearing, funding for clearing students provides more information about this process and how to manage possible delays in funding.

Receiving your funding

Find out more about how you will receive your funding once you have arrived.

Further advice

If you have any questions about funding your healthcare course and how to apply for funding, please contact the Student Funding and Advice Team.

Student Funding and Advice Team

Cardiff Business School Student Support (Cardiff Business School)