The coalition intends to impose an 18 per cent cut to the social work education grant in 2012-13, according to the British Association of Social Workers (BASW).
Currently standing at £28 million, the grant is designed to help employers and universities meet the costs of students who aspire to be social workers.
The BASW said that it has already been unofficially briefed about the cuts, but claimed that the Department for Education (DfE) said that the budgets for 2012-13 have not yet been set.
A spokeswoman for the DfE explained: "The budget for the education support grant is £28 million in the 2011-12 financial year. Budgets for 2012-13 have not yet been set.
"However," she added, "GSCC has signed contracts for the education support grant for the academic year 2011 at the existing rates."
Already, public sector cuts have led to nationwide strike action by around two million workers, most of whom are angered by changes to their pensions.