Fees, funding and scholarships

We are committed to attracting and supporting the very best students. If you have the talent, drive and potential to succeed, we want to make sure you can study with us, whatever your financial circumstances.

NHS funding

For UK students undertaking certain health and social care courses, NHS funding may be available.

Social Work bursaries

Social work bursaries:

  • can help with study and living costs
  • do not need to be paid back
  • get paid into your bank account at the start of each term
  • are only available to students who meet the course and residency criteria
  • are limited (or capped) so there’s only a certain number available each academic year
  • must be applied for each year
  • are only available to students who normally live in England.

The view the latest information and for instructions on how to apply, please visit the NHS Social Work Bursaries website.

NHS Learning Support Fund

Students starting and continuing their course from September 2021 can also apply for the NHS Learning Support Fund (NHS LSF) if they’re on one of the following pre-registration undergraduate or postgraduate courses:

  • midwifery
  • nursing (adult, child, mental health, learning disability, joint nursing/social work)

NHS LSF offers support for:

  • a Training Grant for all eligible students of £5,000 per academic year
  • Parental Support of £2,000 for students with at least one dependent child under 15 years, or under 17 years if registered with special educational needs (this used to be called Child Dependants Allowance)
  • reimbursement of excess costs incurred on practice placement for travel and temporary accommodation costs (Travel and Dual Accommodation Expenses)
  • students experiencing financial hardship (Exceptional Support Fund)

To fiind out more, visit the NHS Learning Support Fund website.

NHS Bursary

NHS Bursary funding remains available to the following students only in the 2021/22 academic year:

  • Medical and dental students who are eligible to apply for NHS Bursary funding in the later stages of their course.
  • Continuing non-medical healthcare students who originally started their course before 1 August 2017 and who remain eligible for an NHS Bursary.

You can find out more about this funding by visiting the NHS Bursary website.

Student loans

All new UK undergraduate students are eligible to apply for a loan to cover the cost of tuition fees and support towards living expenses, what you are eligible to apply for varies depending on your personal circumstances and your home country. For more information, you can visit the University's Funding site.

Students in Nursing, Midwifery and allied health professions access (other than those subject to transitional arrangements) are able to access student loans to cover the cost of their tuition fees and means tested support for living costs.

This follows changes to funding from 1 August 2017 which means there are no upfront fees to pay for degree courses in Adult Nursing, Child Nursing and Mental Health Nursing, Midwifery and Social work.

Visit our individual course pages and to find out find out the latest fee information.

University scholarships and funding

You do not have to repay the support you get from us. For more information, you can visit the University's Funding site.

University Funding | Leeds Financial Support (LFS)

One in three of our students receive additional non-repayable funding from us.

UK undergraduate students with a household income of no more than £36,000 a year (£42,875 if you are part-time or taking a foundation year) may be eligible to receive Leeds Financial Support. The amount you can receive depends on household income and is paid to you in instalments in addition to funding you may receive from the government.


Our generous funding package includes scholarships based on your personal circumstances, also known as means-tested scholarships. If your household income is less than £42,875 a year or you are from a disadvantaged background you may be able to apply for a scholarship which is typically £3,000 a year.

We also have scholarships that are awarded based on your academic achievement. These are available for high achieving students regardless of household income and background.

We also offer sports scholarships for elite athletes and an enterprise scholarship scheme.

Our Sanctuary Scholarships are also available to forced migrants to the UK. 

International students

We have a number of academic achievement scholarships for international students and a scholarship aimed at forced migrants to the UK. If you are studying a science or engineering degree you may also be eligible for the Undergraduate Science and Engineering scholarship worth £2,000 a year.

Visit our international section to find out more about funding and finances, immigration and visas.