Childcare Grant

How to apply

2019 to 2020 academic year

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). 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.

2018 to 2019 academic year

  1. Send Student Finance England an estimate of your childcare costs using form CCG1.

  2. Send a photocopy of proof of the child’s identity and financial dependence on you - for example a photocopy of their birth certificate, your Child Benefit details or tax credits details. Do not send the original documents.

  3. You’ll be sent a letter telling you how much Childcare Grant you’ll get.

  4. During each term, you and your childcare provider must confirm your actual childcare costs using form CCG2.

  5. If the actual childcare costs are higher or lower than your estimated costs, your next payment will be adjusted.

CCG1 and CCG2 forms

Estimate your childcare costs on form CCG1 after you’ve completed your main student finance application.

Academic year CCG1 form
2018 to 2019 CCG1: Childcare Grant Application Form - 2018 to 2019 (PDF, 167KB)

You’ll need to confirm your actual childcare costs during each term. Use form CCG2 for the academic year the costs relate to.

Academic year CCG2 form
2018 to 2019 CCG2: Childcare Costs Confirmation Form 2018 to 2019 (PDF, 320KB)

Send your forms to Student Finance England.

Student Finance England
PO Box 210

  1. Step 1 Check if you're eligible

  2. Step 2 Find out how much loan you could get

    Find out the maximum tuition fee and maintenance loan you could get if you're a:

    How much maintenance loan you get depends on where you'll study and your household income.

    1. Use the student finance calculator to estimate your maintenance loan

    You'll have to pay back any loan you get.

    1. Find out how much you'll repay
    2. Find out when you'll start repaying
  3. and Check if you can get extra help

  4. Step 3 Prepare your application

  5. Step 4 Apply

    1. Apply online

    You'll need to create a student finance account if you're a new student or sign into an existing account if you're a returning student.

    It can take up to 6 weeks to process your application. You might have to provide extra evidence.

  6. Step 5 Update your details if your circumstances change

    You must update your application if your circumstances change. For example if you:

    • change your course through clearing
    • change where you're going to live - for example with your parents instead of halls
    1. Find out how to update your application
  7. Step 6 Make sure you can be paid

    After you register at your university or college you'll usually get your maintenance loan paid directly into your bank account at the start of each term.

    Use your student finance account to:

    • update your bank details - for example if you open a student account
    • check how much you'll be paid
    • check when you'll be paid
    1. Sign in to your student finance account
  8. Step 7 Check what to do while you're studying

    You'll need to reapply for student finance for each year of your course.

    You must keep your details up to date throughout your course because some changes can affect your loan payments, for example if your household income or bank details change.

    1. Check how to update your details
    2. Find out what to do if you suspend or leave your course
  9. Step 8 Repay your loan