Childcare Grant

What you'll get

You can get up to 85% of your childcare costs.

The amount you’ll get depends on:

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

2018 to 2019 academic year

The maximum you can get is:

  • up to £164.70 a week for 1 child
  • up to £282.36 a week for 2 or more children

If you do not give details about your childcare provider on your application form, your first payment will be a maximum of £127.33 a week or 85% of your estimate (whichever is less).

2017 to 2018 academic year

The maximum you can get is:

  • up to £159.59 a week for 1 child
  • up to £273.60 a week for 2 or more children

If you do not give details about your childcare provider on your application form, your first payment will be a maximum of £123.38 a week or 85% of your estimate (whichever is less).

How you’re paid

You’ll receive the money in 3 instalments over the academic year. The payments will usually be made at the start of each term, directly into your bank account.

Any money you get is paid on top of your student finance and you do not have to pay it back.

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

  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