Funding your degree
Bruno Rushforth, Anja Weidmann, and Liz Kingston guide you through the maze of funding options for medical students in the United Kingdom
Studying medicine can be an intellectual and emotional challenge. What's more, the financial demands of a five or six year degree mean that medical students often graduate with substantial debts. Although money can be a worry for any student, medical students are often hardest hit with additional costs for courses and travel, and reduced opportunity for extra income during the long academic year. In this article we hope to offer you some guidance about the sources of financial help available to students.
Most medical students (those starting their degree in September 1998 or after) will now be studying under the system of student loans and tuition fees. Students starting before September 1998 are funded under the old means tested grants plus limited government loans arrangements. These are known as mandatory students.
The information in this article applies to students starting in September 1998 or after. See www.dfes.gov.uk/studentsupport/students/index.shtml regarding funding under