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Overview

You may be eligible for help with your childcare costs if you:

  • are a full-time higher education student
  • have children under 15, or under 17 if they have special educational needs

The grant:

  • does not have to be paid back
  • is paid on top of your other student finance

You must be eligible for student finance to apply for a Childcare Grant.

What you’ll get

The amount you’ll get depends on:

  • your household income
  • the number of children who are dependent on you

2021 to 2022 academic year

You can get 85% of your childcare costs or a fixed maximum amount, whichever is less.

The maximum you can get is:

  • up to £179.62 a week for 1 child
  • up to £307.95 a week for 2 or more children

ExampleIf your childcare for 1 child costs £100 a week you’ll get £85 – this is 85% of your costs.

If your childcare for 1 child costs £220 a week, you’ll get £179.62. This is because 85% of your costs is £187, which is above the maximum weekly amount.

You have to pay for any remaining costs.

2020 to 2021 academic year

You can get 85% of your childcare costs or a fixed maximum amount, whichever is less.

The maximum you can get is:

  • up to £174.22 a week for 1 child
  • up to £298.69 a week for 2 or more children

ExampleIf your childcare for 1 child costs £100 a week you’ll get £85 – this is 85% of your costs.

If your childcare for 1 child costs £220 a week, you’ll get £174.22. This is because 85% of your costs is £187, which is above the maximum weekly amount.

You have to pay for any remaining costs.

How you’re paid

Your grant will be paid into a Childcare Grant Payment Service (CCGPS) account. You’ll get an email telling you how to set one up.

Your childcare provider will send requests for payment to the CCGPS, which you can approve through your account. Your provider will be paid directly from the money in your account.

Any money that’s left over at the end of the academic year will be returned to Student Finance England.

Income-related, unemployment and housing benefits are not affected by a Childcare Grant.

Eligibility

To qualify for a Childcare Grant all the following must apply:

  • you’re a full-time student
  • your child must be under 15, or under 17 if they have special educational needs
  • you get undergraduate student finance based on your household income, or are eligible to
  • you’re not getting a Postgraduate Loan
  • you’re a permanent resident in England
  • the children in your grant application are financially dependent on you
  • your childcare provider is on the Ofsted Early Years Register or General Childcare Register – check with your provider
  • if your child is cared for at home, the carer cannot be a relative and must be registered with an appropriate body – check with Student Finance England
  • neither you or your partner are claiming Tax-Free Childcare, the childcare element of working Tax Credit or Universal Credit
  • neither you or your partner receive help with childcare costs from the National Health Service (NHS)

Childcare Grant isn’t the same as 15 or 30 hours free childcare. You can’t use it to pay for those hours.

How to apply

To apply for a Childcare Grant follow these steps:

  1. Apply online as part of your main student finance application.
  2. Send in evidence. You’ll be told what evidence you need to provide when you apply.
  3. You’ll be sent a letter telling you how much Childcare Grant you’ll get.
  4. Create an online account with the Childcare Grant Payment Service (CCGPS). You’ll get an email telling you how to set one up. Your grant will be paid into this account.

Use the paper form instead if you:

  • have already applied for student finance but didn’t apply for a childcare grant at the same time
  • want to apply for another child

You can download the form from the student finance form finder.

Use your online account to send the form to Student Finance England, or send it by post.

Student Finance England
PO Box 210
Darlington
DL1 9HJ