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 dependent children. How much you can get depends on your household income, which is your income and the income of your partner and any dependants.
The maximum you could get is:
- £1,812 for the 2021/22 academic year.
- £1,766 for the 2020/21 academic year.
You can apply for help to pay your childcare costs.
For the 2021/22 academic year you could get:
- up to £179.62 a week for one child, or up to 85% of your weekly costs (whichever is less)
- up to £307.95 a week for two or more children, or up to 85% of your weekly costs (whichever is less)
For the 2020/21 academic year you could get:
- up to £174.22 a week for one child, or up to 85% of your weekly costs
- up to £298.69 a week for two or more children, or up to 85% of your weekly costs
If you or your partner gets 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.
Depending on your household income, the maximum you could get is:
- £3,190 for the 2021/22 academic year.
- £3,094 for the 2020/21 academic year.
You can't get Adults Dependants' Grants for grown-up children, or if the dependent adult is a student getting student finance.
Effects of COVID-19 on dependants’ grants
If your course in 2020/21 will mostly involve online learning rather than attending classes on site at your uni or college, you’ll still be entitled to any dependants’ grants you qualify for.
These will be paid as normal so long as your uni or college confirms your registration to Student Finance England.