Part-time students - extra support

The following extra support may be available to a student:

Childcare Grant

Students can receive a Childcare Grant towards the cost of their childcare if they have children in registered and approved childcare.

The maximum Childcare Grant available will be up to 85% of their actual costs, based on their course intensity (how long it takes to complete a part-time course compared to the equivalent full-time):

Course intensityMaximum Childcare Grant if they have one childMaximum Childcare Grant if they have more than one child
50%-59% £80.75 £137.28
60%-74% £96.90 £164.73
75% or more £121.13 £205.92

Here’s an example showing weekly amounts (actual payments are made each term):

Number of childrenTheir weekly childcare cost85% of their actual costTheir course intensityChildcare Grant available:
1 £90 £76.50 50-59% £38.25
1 £90 £76.50 60-74% £45.90
1 £90 £76.50 75% or more £57.38

If the student doesn’t have a childcare provider at the time they apply, then the maximum that they can receive is either 85% of their childcare costs or the Childcare Grant cap (which ever is lower):

Course intensityChildcare Grant cap
50%-59% £57.50
60%-74% £69.00
75% or more £86.25

Students can have their Childcare Grant reassessed after they have provided their childcare provider details.

They won’t qualify for this grant if either the student or their partner claims the childcare element of Working Tax Credits, Universal Credit, NHS funded childcare grants or Tax-Free Childcare from HMRC.

Their entitlement to Childcare Grant depends on their income, that of their partner, children and any other dependants.

Parents’ Learning Allowance

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

The maximum amount a student can receive is £1,167.75 per year. They can only apply for PLA if they have one or more children (regardless of age) that are financially dependent on them.

The amount of PLA available depends on their income, that of their 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

Adult Dependants’ Grant

The maximum amount a student can get for Adult Dependants’ Grant (ADG) is £2,049 per year. They can only apply for the Adult Dependants’ Grant if they have a partner or another adult who is financially dependent on them.

The amount of ADG available depends on their income, that of their partner, children and any other dependants. Entitlement to ADG also depends on their course intensity.

Course intensityMaximum Parents’ Learning Allowance available
50%-59% £1,366
60%-74% £1,639.20
75% or more £2,049

The maximum amount of ADG is irrespective of the number of adult dependents a student has.



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