Parents’ Learning Allowance can help with course-related costs such as books or travel if the student has any children who depend on them. If they’re eligible, they could get up to £1,617 per year. The amount they can get depends on their household income; that is, the income of their husband, wife, civil partner or partner as well as that of any dependants. If the student and their partner are both eligible students, they can both apply for Parents’ Learning Allowance. They should look out for the Parents’ Learning Allowance section on their main student finance application form, complete all the sections and provide all of the information we ask for. They should apply as early as possible to ensure their payment is ready for the start of their course. We’ll assess the application based on the information they’ve provided and send them a letter telling them how much Parents’ Learning Allowance they’ll get. They’ll usually receive their Parents’ Learning Allowance in three instalments during the academic year, at the same time as any other student finance they get. They can find out more about Parents’ Learning Allowance and access a range of helpful tools and guidance at our student finance zone on The Student Room at