Extra help

All 2018/19 figures are subject to approval by the National Assembly for Wales.

Dependants' Grants are available for full-time and part-time students studying an eligible:

  • undergraduate course
  • Initial Teacher Education (ITE) course
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE)

Childcare Grant

Students can get Childcare Grant (CCG) towards the cost of their childcare if they have children in registered and approved childcare.

They could get up to 85% of their weekly costs, up to a maximum of £161.50 per week for one child, or £274.55 per week if they have two or more children. How much they can get on their household income.

If they don't have a childcare provider when they apply, their CCG will be capped at £115 per week or 85% of their estimated costs, whichever is lower. A reassessment will be carried out once they supply childcare provider details.

If they're applying for CCG,they'll need to provide:

  • evidence of their child's identity, such as a birth certificate or adoption certificate, and
  • evidene that their child financially depends on them, such as tax credit award notice or Child Benefit letter.

They can't get CCG if the student or their partner claims the childcare element of Working Tax Credit, Universal Credit, tax-free Childcare from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) or NHS-funded childcare grants.

Income-related, unemployment and housing benefits are not affected by CCG.

Adult Dependants' Grant

Adult Dependants' Grant (ADG) is additional funding to help students who are financially responsible for another adult who is not their child.

How much ADG they can get depends on their household income. The maximum ADG avaiable for 2017/18 and 2018/19 is £2,732.

ADG will affect any income-related benefits they may get.

If they student is applying for ADG for their partner, we won't need any additional evidence. This is because their partner will give us their financial details as part of the application process.

If the adult dependant isn't the student's partner, they'll be asked for evidence of their taxable income for the previous tax year, such as a P60 or month 12 payslip. We'll also ask for evidence that the adult is financially dependant on the student.

Parents' Learning Allowance

Parents' Learning Allowance (PLA) is extra help with course-related costs, such as books, course materials and travel.

Students can apply for PLA if they have one or more children that are financially dependent on them, regardless of their age.

How much PLA they can get depends on their household income. The maximum PLA available for 2017/18 and 2018/19 is £1,557.

PLA won't affect any existing benefits they may get.

If they're applying for PLA, they'll need to provide:

  • evidence of their child's identity, such as a birth certificate or adoption certificate, and
  • evidence that their child financially depends on them, such as tax credit award notice or Child Benefit letter.

How to apply

Students applying for Childcare Grant should:

  1. Send us an estimate of their childcare costs using the Childcare Grant Application form (CCG1). The form will tell them what information and evidence we need.

They can download the application form at www.studentfinancewales.co.uk

  1. They'll get a letter telling them how much CCG they'll get.
  2. At three points during the year, the student and their childcare provider must confirm their actual childcare costs using the Childcare Costs Confirmation form (CCG2). We'll write to them to let them know when to do this.
  3. If their actual childcare costs are higher or lower than their estimated costs, their next paymnet will be adjusted.

Students applying for Adult Dependants' Grant or Parents' Learning Allowance should:

  1. Apply for student finance as normal and fill in the sections for PLA or ADG
  2. We'll assess their application and contact them if we need more information.
  3. We'll send them a letter telling them how much student finance they can get, including PLA or ADG.

How it's calculated

The amount of Dependants' Grants students can get depends on their household income and their circumstances.

To find out more about how we work out how much they can get, download our Dependants' Grants calculations factsheet

How it's paid

Dependants' Grants are usually paid in three instalments, once at the start of each term. It's paid directly into their bank account, usually at the same time as any other student finane.

They won't need to repay this unless they've been overpaid or leave their course early.



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