StudentParents.org was developed by BrightsideUNIAID, an
education charity aiming to help students make informed choices
about their education and employment options by providing online
tools, ementoring and teaching resources. The site was funded by
the Nuffield Foundation. We also worked with a number of expert
organisations who helped us develop the website, including NASMA,
AMOSSHE and the NUS.
The types and amount of funding you can get will depend on
whether you are studying part-time or full-time, and a range of
other personal circumstances. You may be able to apply for specific
grants like the Parents' Learning Allowance and Childcare Grant. If
you're studying specific NHS courses like social work or nursing,
you can apply for student support from the NHS.
Most importantly, make sure you research what you can get in
advance. Don't be put off from applying just because it can be
complicated - remember you can get advice from someone in the
student services department at the university you're planning to go
to. Try out our budget calculator to get a guide to what you could
get and to build your budget. Our links page can also help you find
information on funding.
• Research what's available well in advance to
make sure you get a place
• Contact your university student services
department to see what provision there is on campus
• Remember to check childcare providers are
Ofsted-registered so that you can claim the cost through the
The costs of student life vary enormously. You might have new
expenses, like books or extra childcare, but you might also find
new ways to save money, like student discounts. Our budget
calculator and budgeting
advice page can help you prepare for the costs of
Our Student Parents ementoring programme is currently a closed
pilot, working in five cities in the UK. We hope to expand it to
involve more student parents in the future, both as mentees as
However, the ementoring site contains lots of additional
resources that are free
to use for everyone.
If you have comments on anything on this site, or can suggest
any information we've missed, please let us know.
If you're a student parent at university, or if you have graduated,
and would like to be a case study then get in touch.
If you're an organisation that has content you'd like to see on the
site, or wish to have reciprocal links, please get in touch.
We'd love you to help spread the word about StudentParents.org.
The URL and description are provided below.
preparing parents for university life. A site by BrightsideUNIAID.