Parents’ Learning Allowance
Students with dependent children
Parents' Learning Allowance helps you to buy books and equipment, off-setting some of the additional costs of being a parent.
You can apply for Parents' Learning allowance when completing your main student finance application.
|Parents’ Learning Allowance|
|What's it for?|| Helps with course-related costs if you have dependent children.
You can apply for the Parents’ Learning Allowance even if you don't get the Childcare Grant.
|How much can I get?||The amount you can get depends on your income and the income of your husband, wife or partner (if you have one) and any dependants. You can get up to £1,508 a year.|
|How's it paid?||Usually in three instalments, one at the start of each term, direct to your bank account in addition to your other student financial support payments.|
|Do I have to pay it back?||No, unless you've been overpaid.|
|How will getting this grant affect my entitlement to benefit?|| The Parents’ Learning Allowance will not be taken into account when Jobcentre Plus or your local authority’s housing benefit teams are working out your other benefits.
HM Revenue & Customs will not count any Parents' Learning Allowance you get when working out your entitlement to tax credits.
For further information:
Visit the Student Finance England website for advice on the Parents' Learning Allowance
Download the Student Finance England guide to Childcare Grant and other support for full-time student parents in higher education