Skip to main content Skip to footer

Parental Support (formerly Child Dependants Allowance)

Eligible students attending a full time pre-registration healthcare course will be able to claim a set amount of £2,000 per academic year.

This is available to students who have parental responsibility for a child who is either:

  • under the age of 15 years
  • under 17 years if the child is registered with special educational needs

Parental responsibility means someone who is either a parent or has the same legal rights, duties, powers and responsibilities as a parent for a child.

This allowance will not affect your access to child support or other means of funding through your higher education provider or other sources.

Payments will be made in 3 instalments with your Training Grant payments.

Students on part-time courses will receive a pro rata amount.

Sending your evidence to us

You’ll be required to upload a scanned version of your child’s birth certificate or passport to your online NHS LSF account when applying for Parental Support.

Uploading a document your NHS LSF account

The selected file must be:

  • a JPG, BMP, PNG, TIF or PDF
  • an original copy ​​​​which displays the document in full
  • clear and in focus
  • in colour
  • unaltered by computer software
  • at least 50KB and no more than 5MB

If the document does not meet this criteria your application will be rejected.


You'll need to reapply for Parental Support at the start of each academic year as long as you continue to meet the eligibility criteria.

You can watch a short video with information about Parental Support