Funding for students with dependants
Students with dependants may be eligible for additional non-repayable assistance on top of their student support package. This page gives a summary of the support available.
Full-time students can apply for a Childcare Grant to help cover up to 85% of the cost of your childcare. The amount you'll get depends on your household income, the cost of your childcare and the number of children who are dependent on you.
The entitlements for 2020/21 are:
- £174.22 per week for one child;
- £298.69 per week for two or more children.
Parents' Learning Allowance
Full time students with dependent children can apply for the Parents' Learning Allowance. The allowance is £50 to £1,766 per year depending on your personal circumstances.
Adult Dependants' Grant
Full time students with an adult dependent can apply for the Adult Dependents' Grant. It is worth up to £3,094 a year depending on your personal circumstances.
Child Tax Credit
If you have child dependants, you may be eligible for Child Tax Credit. The amount you receive depends on your personal circumstances. You can make your claim online through HM Revenue and Customs. For more information please see GOV.UK - tax credits or call 0345 300 3900.
The charity TURN2US can provide further information about welfare benefits whilst studying as a full-time student.