Full-time Parents' Learning Allowance


To qualify for Parents’ Learning Allowance the student must:

  • be studying a full-time undergraduate, Initial Teacher Training (ITT) course or Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)
  • have applied for, or be getting funding from Student Finance England that is based on their household income
  • be a permanent resident in England

Parents who live together who are both students

Parents who live together who are both students can both apply for Parents’ Learning Allowance for the same child.

Parents who live apart and are both students

If the parents are both students but don't live together, only one of them will be eligible for Parents’ Learning Allowance. This applies even when there is an equal custody arrangement set out in a Child Arrangements Order (CAO).

Parents’ Learning Allowance will be awarded to the parent that the child is financially dependent on. We’ll decide which of the parents the child is dependent on, based on the evidence provided on a case-by-case basis.