Help if you are in education

Students should talk to their college, sixth form or university about the funding that is available

Care to Learn

The Care to Learn scheme can help with childcare costs while you study at school or college.You must be aged under 20 at the start of your course. Find courses near you.

Eligibility for the Care to Learn scheme and how to apply

Discretionary Learner Support

If you’re in further education and facing financial hardship, you could get Discretionary Learner Support (DLS) from your college.

You must be 20 or over to get help with childcare costs. If you’re 19, apply for Care to Learn instead.

Eligibility for Discretionary Learner Support and how to apply

16 - 19 Bursary Fund

You could get a bursary to help with education-related costs if you’re aged 16 to 19 and:

  • studying at a publicly funded school or college in England - not a university
  • on a training course, including unpaid work experience

Eligibility for the 16 to 19 bursary fund and how to apply

Advanced Learner Loan

You can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with the costs of a course at a college or training provider in England.

Eligibility for the Advanced Learner Loan and how to apply
Higher Education Childcare Grant

You may be eligible for help with your learning 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:

  • doesn’t have to be paid back
  • is paid on top of your other student finance

Eligibility for the Higher Education Childcare Grant and how to apply

Parents' Learning Allowance

You may be eligible for help with your learning costs if you’re a full-time student with children.

The allowance:

  • doesn’t have to be paid back
  • is paid on top of your other student finance
  • won’t affect your benefits or tax credit

Eligibility for Parents' Learning Allowances and how to apply   

Professional and Career Development Loans

These are bank loans to pay for courses and training that help with your career or help get you into work.

You may be able to borrow between £300 and £10,000.

Eligibility for Professional and Career Development Loans and how to apply