Extra Help

Childcare Grant, Parents’ Learning Allowance, Adult Dependants' Grant and bursaries and scholarships to help students

Childcare Grant

This helps with childcare costs for students with dependent children in registered or approved childcare. A child must be:

  • aged under 15 at the beginning of the academic year; or
  • under 17 if they have special educational needs.

Depending on their household income, the student can apply for 85% of their actual childcare costs during term times and holidays.

They can get up to:

  • £159.59 a week for one child; or
  • up to £273.60 a week for two or more  children.

Students will not qualify for this grant if they, or their husband, wife or partner receives the childcare part of the Working Tax Credit from HM Revenue & Customs.

We ask the student to provide estimated costs which we will use to work out their Childcare Grant payments until they provide details of the actual payments. At the end of the first term we will ask the student to provide actual costs.

We will reassess their entitlement based on these costs and, if they have been overpaid or underpaid, we will adjust the entitlement accordingly.

Parents' Learning Allowance (PLA)

Students can get up to £1,617 a year to help with course costs. The amount they can receive depends on their household income.

Adult Dependants' Grant (ADG)

Students with an adult that depends on them finacially can get an Adult Depndant's Grant of up to £2,834 a year.

Jobcentre Plus counts Adult Dependants' Grant when working out any other benefits.

Bursaries and scholarships

Universities and colleges offer a range of help to students. When they apply for student finance, they apply for these automatically if they consent to us sharing their details with their college or university.

Access to Learning Fund

The Access to Learning Fund has been replaced. Students in hardship should contact their institution's welfare advisor for further information.

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