You could get a Childcare Grant, Parents’ Learning Allowance, or Adult Dependants’ Grant. These grants are paid in addition to your main student finance, and don’t usually have to be paid back.
There are three types of dependants' grants you could be eligible for.
Parents' Learning Allowance
This helps with course-related costs if you have dependant children. You can get up to £1,716 a year depending on your household income, which is your income and the income of your partner and any dependants.
You can apply for help to pay your childcare costs. You could get up to 85% of your weekly costs – a maximum of £169.31 per week for one child, or £290.27 per week if you have two or more children.
If you or your partner get the childcare element of Working Tax Credit or Universal Credit, or Tax-Free Childcare from HM Revenue & Customs, you won't be able to get a Childcare Grant at the same time.
Adult Dependants' Grant
You can apply for an Adult Dependants' Grant if you have a partner or another adult who depends on you financially. You can get up to £3,007 a year depending on your household income.
You can't get Adults Dependants' Grants for grown-up children, or if the dependent adult is a student getting student finance.