Students with Families

We recognise that students with families, or who are expecting, are likely to need additional support throughout their studies to ensure that they can make the most of their course and achieve the best results possible. For parents with young children, we also recognise that studies can often be lower down on your priorities, which is why we seek to offer you the support you need at a time and place to suit you.

Financial support

To ensure that you are getting all of the financial support that you are entitled to, please have a look through the following pages to assess your eligibility for the financial support that they offer:

  • You may be entitled to Parents' Learning Allowance from Student Finance along with your maintenance loan if you mentioned that you are a parent on your application form
  • You can apply for the Childcare Grant from Student Finance England. If eligible, this can provide up to 85% of the costs of your childcare, or a fixed maximum amount, whichever is less

Note: if you have already applied for your student finance and you're receiving the maintenance loan, you will have to download a paper form to apply.

  • If you are still struggling to pay for your childcare because the above financial support has not covered the full costs, you can apply for our hardship fund, called the Salford Support Fund.
  • NHS Students should also be receiving the parental support of £2,000 from the NHS Learning Fund. This is a standard award for all parents of children under 15 years old. This is paid in 3 instalments along with your Training Grant. 

Additional support

A wealth of services are available to support you at Salford if you already have a child or are about to become a parent, including nursery provision. Find out more about our on campus Busy Bees Nursery on their website.

Please note that we have a Limitations on Bringing Children onto University Premises Policy as many of our risk assessments do not include children. This means that it's generally not appropriate to bring your child to campus for any scheduled learning activity that you have (e.g. classes). If you experience circumstances beyond your control and your attendance at scheduled activity will be impacted, we encourage you to reach out to your module or programme leader in the first place.

If you would like to find out more about University support, or can’t find the help you are looking for, please contact the askUS team on or call us on +44 (0)161 295 0023.