Additional grants available to student parents in 2013/14
Support from Student Finance England
If you have children and you are a full-time undergraduate (or Postgraduate Certificate of Education) student you may qualify for extra financial help on top of the standard student finance package.
Depending on your circumstances, you may be able to apply for the following support:
If you qualify, the Childcare Grant can cover up to 85% of your childcare costs for Ofsted registered or approved childcare. The amount you can get depends on your household income and your actual weekly childcare costs for the 2013/14 academic year. It pays a maximum of £148.75 per week if you have one child or £255.00 per week if you have two or more children and is available during term-time and holidays until the final day of your course. You cannot apply for this grant if you have already applied for (and are receiving) the childcare element of the Working Tax Credit. You can apply for the Childcare Grant by completing the relevant sections of the 'Application for student finance' (PN1) form and providing supporting documentation. You will also need to provide details of your estimated weekly childcare costs on a 'Childcare Grant Application Form' (CCG1). Then, at three different stages of the academic year, you and your childcare provider will need to provide confirmation of your actual weekly childcare payments on a 'Childcare Costs Confirmation Form' (CCG2).
Parents' Learning Allowance
As a full-time student parent you can apply for a maximum grant of £1,508 in 2013/14 from the Parents' Learning Allowance. This grant depends on your household income and does not have to be paid back. It is designed to help towards your course costs to allow you to pay for things like books, materials and travel. You can apply for this grant by completing the relevant sections of the 'Application for student finance' (PN1) form and providing supporting documentation.
For more information visit GOV.UK Student Finance and Childcare Grant and other help for students with children