If you have a child in education there may be financial support available to you:
- Child Tax Credit is a payment given to parents and carers of children or young people in full-time education. It is an income-related (means-tested) benefit. In England, Scotland and Wales, Child Tax Credit is gradually being replaced by Universal Credit. Call the HMRC Tax Credits Helpline on 0345 300 3900 or textphone 0345 300 3909 to apply.
If you are a young person aged 16–19 you may be able to find help with your studies:
- Educational Maintenance Allowance helps young people aged 16–19 in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland stay in education.
- In England, the 16–19 Bursary Fund is for young people who may struggle with the costs of full-time education. They can receive a bursary of up to £1,200.
- Some colleges may have grants and funds available through the Discretionary Learner Support scheme to help with the cost of learning for students aged 19 or over. Payments may help for accommodation, travel costs or childcare costs.
Contact your college or local authority to find out what options are available to you.
You may also be able to get financial help with school clothing and meals.