You must provide your household income if you apply for any of the following:
- full Maintenance Loan
- Maintenance Grant - not available if your course started on or after 1 August 2016
- Special Support Grant - not available if your course started on or after 1 August 2016
- Childcare Grant
- Adult Dependants’ Grant
- Parents’ Learning Allowance
You’ll need to provide your household income for tax year:
- 2021 to 2022 if you’re applying for the 2023 to 2024 academic year
- 2020 to 2021 if you’re applying for the 2022 to 2023 academic year
After you apply, Student Finance England will ask the people in your household to confirm their income. They might need to provide evidence.
What counts as household income
Household income always includes income you get from your own savings, investments or property (for example dividends or rent).
It may also include your parents or partner’s income. This depends on your individual circumstances.
If you’re under 25 and financially depend on at least one parent
Your household income includes:
- your parents’ income, if you live with them or depend on them financially
- the combined income of one of your parents and their partner, if you live with them or depend on them financially
If you’re under 25 and do not financially depend on your parents
Your household income does not include your parents’ income if:
- you have supported yourself financially for at least 3 years
- you have been married or in a civil partnership at any time before the start of your course
- you spent at least 13 weeks in the care of your local authority before you turned 16 - in this case, you might be able to apply as a care leaver
- you’ve had no contact with your parents for over a year - in this case, you might be able to apply as an ‘estranged student’
If you’re over 25
Your household income will not include your parents income if you are over 25, as you will be classed as an ‘independent student’
Your household income will include your partner’s income, if you live with them (even if they spend most of their time abroad).