Parents’ Learning Allowance


Parents’ Learning Allowance (PLA) is extra help intended to cover some of the additional costs incurred if you have children.

Continue reading for more information or go straight to how to apply.

How much can you get?

The maximum amount you get for Parents’ Learning Allowance is £1,167.75 per year. This doesn’t need to be paid back unless you’ve been overpaid.
You can only apply for Parents’ Learning Allowance if you have one or more children that are financially dependent on you, regardless of their age.

The amount available to you depends on your income, that of your partner, children and any other dependants.

Course intensityMaximum Parents' Learning Allowance available

50%-59%

£778.50

60%-74%

£934.20

75% or more

£1,167.75

How’s it paid?

Parents’ Learning Allowance is paid directly into your bank account each term.

Before your first payment is made, you’ll need to make sure your university or college complete section 3 of the Part-Time Grants for Dependants (PTGFD) form (alternatively section 5 of the PTGC form if applicable) when you start. Return this and your first payment will be made after the form has been processed.

How to apply?

The form you need to complete in academic year 2015/16 depends on you being a:

Continuing student

To apply for Parents’ Learning Allowance you need to complete two forms.

If you started your course on or after the 1st of September 2014, you’ll need to complete the:

  1. Tuition Fee Loan and Course Grant application form for continuing part-time students 2015/16 (PTLC) (PDF 297kB);
    PTLC application notes
  2. Part-Time Grants for Dependants 2015/16 (PTGFD) (PDF 231kB)

If you started your course before the 1st of September 2014, you’ll need to complete the:

  1. Grant application form for part-time students 2015/16 (PTGN) (PDF 343kB);
    PTGN application notes
  2. Part-Time Grants for Dependants 2015/16 (PTGFD) (PDF 231kB)

Section 3 of the PTGFD form must be completed by your university or college when you start your course (alternatively section 6 of the PTGN form if applicable). You can either return it:

  • as part of the PTGFD if you’re about to start; or
  • separately from the PTGFD if you’re applying before your course starts (this allows your application to be progressed).

When this has been processed you’ll be issued with a new assessment.

You only need to complete the PTGFD once, to be assessed for both Parents’ Learning Allowance and Adult Dependants' Grant. It must also be completed if you intend to apply for support with childcare costs.

Continuing student with no previous application for finance

To apply for Parents’ Learning Allowance you need to complete two forms:

If you started your course on or after the 1st of September 2014, you’ll need to complete the:

  1. Tuition Fee Loan and Course Grant application form for new part-time students 2015/16 (PTL1) (PDF 394kB);
    PTL1 application notes
  2. Part-Time Grants for Dependants 2015/16 (PTGFD) (PDF 231kB)

If you started your course before the 1st of September 2014, you’ll need to complete the:

  1. Grant application form for part-time students 2015/16 (PTGN) (PDF 343kB);
    PTGN application notes
  2. Part-Time Grants for Dependants 2015/16 (PTGFD) (PDF 231kB)

Section 3 of the PTGFD form must be completed by your university or college when you start your course (alternatively section 6 of the PTGN form if applicable). You can either return it:

  • as part of the PTGFD if you’re about to start; or
  • separately from the PTGFD if you’re applying before your course starts (this allows your application to be progressed).

When this has been processed you’ll be issued with a new assessment.

You only need to complete the PTGFD once, to be assessed for both Parents’ Learning Allowance and Adult Dependants' Grant. It must also be completed if you intend to apply for support with childcare costs.

Where to send your application


You should send all forms and supporting documentation to Student Finance Wales.

Grant overpayments

The Parents’ Learning Allowance Grant doesn’t need to be paid back unless you’ve been overpaid. This can happen if you leave your course, overestimate your financial commitments or there’s a change in your circumstances which results in an overpayment.

If you’ve been overpaid:

  • during your studies – then any grant overpayment will be deducted from your future grant instalments.
  • after your studies – then you’ll need to repay the overpaid amount of the grant. We’ll contact you to arrange repayment.

Evidence of your child dependants

If you’ve been awarded the Parent’s Learning Allowance in the last academic year, then as a continuing student you’ll not need to send evidence of your dependant(s) with your application. Evidence will only be required if you have a new dependant which we are not aware of or you’re a continuing student who is applying for the first time.

If you need to return evidence, we’ll need one for each of the following:

  • Evidence of your child dependants
    • original birth certificate for each child
    • original certificate of Naturalisation for each child
    • original Home Office documentation confirming your children's names and dates of birth.
  • Proof your children are dependent on you
    • your most recent Tax Credits or Universal Credit Award Notice naming all your children; or
    • all pages of your most recent Child Benefit letter naming all children.

This same evidence will also be used if you’re claiming the Childcare Grant.





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