Help with childcare costs

Childcare grants for full time students

Full-time students with dependent children up to age 14 (or 16 where they have special needs) can apply for help with their childcare costs, as long as they are using registered or approved provision.

Students with dependent children may also receive an income-assessed Parents' Learning Allowance of up to £1,400 per year regardless of the type of childcare used.

The Childcare Grant and the Parents' Learning Allowance do not affect entitlement to benefits. However, the parent cannot apply for the childcare element of Working Tax Credit if they are receiving this grant.

More information

For more information you can contact the Student Finance information line on 0845 300 5090 or visit Student Finance.