I’m a student – what support can I get?

There are any systems out there to help those in education – it’s just finding whats right for you!

Learner Support:

If you’re aged 19 or over, on a further education course and facing financial hardship, you could get Learner Support.

You apply to your learning provider (for example your college) for Learner Support. How much you get depends on your circumstances.

Care to Learn:

You can get Care to Learn if all of the following apply to you:

  • you’re a parent under 20 at the start of your course
  • you’re the main carer for your child
  • you live in England
  • you’re either a British citizen or have a legal right to live and study in England
  • your course qualifies
  • your childcare provider qualifies

You’re not eligible if:

  • you’re an apprentice who gets a salary
  • you’re doing a higher education course at university

The scheme is available for publicly-funded courses in England. This includes courses in:

  • schools
  • sixth-forms in schools
  • sixth-form colleges

Your learning provider can tell you if your course is eligible.

Childcare Grant: 

You may be eligible for help with your childcare costs if you:

  • are a full-time higher education student
  • have children under 15, or under 17 if they have special educational needs

The grant:

  • does not have to be paid back
  • is paid on top of your other student finance

You must be eligible for student finance to apply for a Childcare Grant.