Parents’ Learning Allowance

You can apply for Parents’ Learning Allowance if you’re a full-time undergraduate student or a full-time postgraduate ITT student and have children who depend on you. This allowance helps with the extra costs associated with being a parent and a student. You don’t need to be paying for childcare to be eligible.

How it’s paid

We’ll pay any Parents' Learning Allowance you’re entitled to directly into your bank account in three instalments, usually at the same time as any other student finance you get. If you apply after the start of your course, your Parents' Learning Allowance might be paid later than your other student finance.

You won’t have to pay back your Parents’ Learning Allowance unless you’re overpaid due to a change in your circumstances – so it’s important you let us know if your circumstances change.