CANADA

Overview

If you’re a full-time student in higher education and an adult depends on you financially, you can apply for an Adult Dependants’ Grant of up to:

  • £3,190 for the 2021 to 2022 academic year
  • £3,094 for the 2020 to 2021 academic year

The grant:

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

You cannot get an Adult Dependants’ Grant if you’re getting a Postgraduate Loan.

What you’ll get

The maximum Adult Dependants’ Grant is:

  • £3,190 for the 2021 to 2022 academic year
  • £3,094 for the 2020 to 2021 academic year

You do not have to pay this money back.

Adult Dependants’ Grant will affect any income-related benefits and tax credits you might get.

What it’s based on

The amount you get depends on:

  • your income
  • the adult dependant’s income
  • your personal circumstances, for example if you’re married or have children
  • what other grants you’re receiving, for example Childcare Grant

How you’re paid

The money is paid in 3 instalments (one at the start of each term) directly into your bank account.

Eligibility

Usually the adult dependant will be:

  • your husband, wife, partner or civil partner
  • a relative, such as a parent or grandparent

If you’re under 25, the adult dependant cannot be your partner unless you’re married or in a civil partnership.

You’re not eligible if the adult dependant is:

  • your child
  • a relative who earns more than £3,796 a year
  • getting student finance

You cannot get an Adult Dependants’ Grant if you’re getting a Postgraduate Loan.

How to apply

  1. Fill in the Adult Dependants’ Grant section on your main student finance application – you’ll need to give estimates of your household income.
  2. Student Finance England will assess your application and contact you if they need more information.
  3. Student Finance England will send you a letter telling you if you qualify and how much money you’ll get.

Supporting information

Student Finance England may contact you and ask for further information on your financial circumstances. This can include a copy of:

  • your P60
  • Child Benefit details
  • family tax credits details
  • financial information from your partner, for example bank statements

How to apply

  1. Fill in the Adult Dependants’ Grant section on your main student finance application – you’ll need to give estimates of your household income.
  2. Student Finance England will assess your application and contact you if they need more information.
  3. Student Finance England will send you a letter telling you if you qualify and how much money you’ll get.

Supporting information

Student Finance England may contact you and ask for further information on your financial circumstances. This can include a copy of:

  • your P60
  • Child Benefit details
  • family tax credits details
  • financial information from your partner, for example bank statements