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Funding for Student Parents

Studying at university whilst bringing up children can be expensive. There are, however, a number of financial support schemes which could help you including: 

There are different types of funding you can apply for depending on the course you are studying, your mode of study and the level of study (e.g. undergraduate or postgraduate). For more information on the funding available for different types of courses and types of study click here.

Government Funding

Statutory funding is the title of funding provided by the UK Regional governments which eligible students can access – this includes the Tuition Fee, Loan, Maintenance Loan "special support element", Grants for Dependents (GFDs) and the NHS health professions courses, Learner Support Fund. 

GFDs are: Parents Learning Allowance (PLA), Adult Dependent Grant (ADG) and Childcare Grant (CCG). 

Please note that NHS-professions course students who started their course on or after August 2017, and who are eligible to take out student loans, may be eligible to receive additional support from the NHSBSA.  This fund has three grant elements, the Training Grant, and Parental Support Grant. For more information please click here.

University Funding 

Discretionary funding is the type of funding that you access through your University and which tends to be judged on an individual basis – this includes: 

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