Students with dependent adults


You can apply for Adult Dependants’ Grant (ADG) to cover some of the extra costs you might have if you’re an undergraduate student with an adult who depends on you financially.

How much you get depends on your household income. You do not have to pay it back.

What’s available

How much you get will depend on your household income, you dependants’ income and whether or not you have a partner. . If you’re a part-time student, your ADG will be calculated based on your study intensity.

2021 to 2022 academic year

You can get up to £3,190 a year.

2020 to 2021 academic year

You can get up to £3,094 a year.

Who qualifies

You can apply for ADG if you:

  • have an adult who depends on you financially
  • are getting full-time or part-time undergraduate student finance that depends on your household income
  • are over 25 years old or are considered as independent
  • started a course on or after 1 August 2018, are under 25 years old on the first day of the first academic year of your course, considered as independent and living with a partner who depends on you financially

You cannot apply for ADG for:

  • a child
  • your own grown-up child
  • somebody who is already getting student finance

You will not qualify if the adult who depends on you financially has an income of more than £3,923 a year, unless they are your husband, wife or partner.

How to apply

How to apply

You can apply online as part of your main student finance application.

If you’ve already sent us your application for student finance without filling in the section for dependants’ grants, you’ll need to submit an application form instead:

Sending us evidence

You need to submit evidence of your adult dependant. You should submit a copy of:

  • a letter explaining why they are dependent on you
  • a P60 showing their income
  • your marriage certificate, if you’re under 25 and claiming for your husband or wife

Getting paid

We’ll pay your money into your bank account, usually 3 times a year at the start of each term.