If you have children or an adult dependent, and you want to study a full-time undergraduate course or an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) programme, you may be able to get extra help. Content provided by Student Finance England.
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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.


What's available?

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: 

  • £1,766 for the 2020/21 academic year.
  • £1,716 for the 2019/20 academic year.

Find out more and how to apply


Childcare Grant

You can apply for help to pay your childcare costs. 

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

For the 2019/20 academic year you could get: 

  • up to £169.31 per week for one child, or up to 85% of your weekly costs
  • up to £290.27 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.

Find out more and how to apply


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:

  • £3,094 for the 2020/21 academic year.
  • £3,007 for the 2019/20 academic year.

You can't get Adults Dependants' Grants for grown-up children, or if the dependent adult is a student getting student finance.

Find out more and how to apply

Extra help for students with children or adult dependants 2019/20

Extra help for students with children or adult dependants | Student Finance England
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