Parents’ Learning Allowance




You may be eligible for help with your learning costs if you’re a full-time student with children. This is called Parents’ Learning Allowance.

How much you get depends on your household income.

The allowance:

  • does not have to be paid back
  • is paid on top of your other student finance
  • will not affect your benefits or tax credit

What you’ll get

Depending on your household income, in the 2020 to 2021 academic year, you could get between ÂŁ50 and ÂŁ1,766 a year.

It’s usually paid in 3 instalments direct to your bank account, one at the start of each term.

Parents’ Learning Allowance is paid on top of your other student finance and does not have to be paid back.

2019 to 2020 academic year

Full-time students could get up to ÂŁ1,716 a year.


If you’re a student from England with dependent children you may qualify if you’re taking:

  • a full-time undergraduate course
  • an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) course

You do not need to be paying for childcare to qualify.

How to apply

You can apply for the Parents’ Learning Allowance when you apply for student finance.

After you apply

After you apply you’ll get a letter telling you how much you can get.

At the end of the academic year you’ll be asked to complete a Confirmation of Income form. This is to make sure you’ve been paid the right amount.


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