There are various means of financial assistance available for which you may be eligible dependent on your individual circumstances.
Council Tax Concessions
As a full time student you can apply for council tax reduction/exemption. This is dependent on who lives in your household. You will need an official letter to apply for exemption which can be given to you by George Abbot SCITT when you commence the course.
Parents’ Learning Allowance
Parents’ Learning Allowance helps towards your course costs, such as books, materials and travel. If you’re eligible, you could get approximately £1,600 depending on your household income.
You can apply for Parents’ Learning Allowance when you apply for student finance.
If you’re eligible, the amount you may get will depend on:
- your household income;
- the cost of your childcare;
- the number of children you have.
This could be as much as £290 per week depending on the number of children you have.
If you’re living and studying in England, you can apply for Childcare Grant if you use childcare that is registered or approved with OFSTED.
You may be eligible to claim Universal Credit if you have children under 16 (or under 20 in approved education or training). How much you get depends on things like your income and individual circumstances (e.g. if your child is disabled).
The Adult Dependants’ Grant
Full-time students in higher education with an adult who depends on them financially can apply for an Adult Dependants’ Grant of up to about £3,000. The amount you can get depends on your income and the income of your dependants in the tax year preceeding your training period.
Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs)
These are grants to help meet the extra course costs students may face because of a disability. DSAs can help pay for:
- specialist equipment you need for studying;
- non-medical helpers, such as a note-taker or reader;
- extra travel costs you have to pay because of your disability;
- other costs.
DSAs are paid on top of the main student finance package, or on their own. You don’t have to pay DSAs back and they’re not counted as income when working out whether you get any other benefit.