Extra Help

The following extra help may be available to a student:

COVID-19 update

Students having to study online from home in 2020 to 2021 rather than attending their course on campus at their university or college will still be entitled to any Dependants’ Grants they qualify for.

Childcare Grant

Students can apply for a Childcare Grant (CCG) 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.

Course intensity Maximum Childcare Grant if they have one child Maximum Childcare Grant if they have more than one child
50%-59% £87.11 £149.35
60%-74% £104.54 £179.22
75% or more £130.67 £224.02

Here’s an example showing weekly amounts 

Number of children Their weekly childcare cost 85% of their actual cost Their course intensity Childcare 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):

Childcare Grant cap
£67.35
£80.82
£101.03

Students can have their CCG 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 child element of Working Tax Credits, Universal Credit, NHS funded childcare grants or Tax-Free Childcare from HMRC.

How much they can get 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 £1,766 per year. They can only apply for PLA if they have one or more children (regardless of age) that are financially dependent on them.

How much they can get depends on their income, that of their partner, children and any other dependants.

Course intensity Maximum Parents’ Learning Allowance available
50%-59% £833
60%-74% £1,059.60
75% or more £1,324.50

Adult Dependants’ Grant

The maximum amount a student can get for Adult Dependants’ Grant (ADG) is £3,094 per year. They can only apply for the ADG if they have a partner or another adult who is financially dependent on them.

How much they can get depends on their income, that of their partner, children and any other dependants.

Course intensity Maximum Parents’ Learning Allowance available
50%-59% £1,547
60%-74% £1,856.40
75% or more £2,320.50

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

Distance Learning

If a student is studying on a distance learning course, they will not be eligible for any of these grants.

However, if the course would normally be attended in person but the student is unable to do so as a result of a disability or long-term health condition, they can apply for these grants



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