Students applying for Childcare Grant should follow these steps:
They should send us an estimate of their childcare costs using the Childcare Grant Application form (CCG1). The form will tell them what information and evidence we need.
They can download the application form at www.gov.uk/student-finance-forms
They should apply as early as possible to make sure their grant is ready for the start of their term.
They’ll get a letter telling them how much Childcare Grant they’ll get.
At three points during the academic year, the student and their childcare provider must confirm their actual childcare costs using the Childcare Costs Confirmation form (CCG2). We’ll write to them to let them know when to do this.
If their actual childcare costs are higher or lower than their estimated costs, their next payment will be adjusted accordingly.
Changing childcare provider or estimates
Students may need to change their childcare provider information or make changes to their estimated childcare costs during the academic year. The information or required completed forms can change depending when these changes occur, students should contact Student Finance England to find out exactly what information we need.
Students will need to provide the following evidence to support their application:
- photocopied evidence of their child’s identity, such as a birth certificate or adoption certificate
- photocopied evidence that their child depends on them, such as a tax credit award notice or Child Benefit letter
Students who started their course before August 2013
At the end of each academic year, students who are continuing on a course they started before 1 August 2013 may be asked to send evidence of their household income and any financial commitments they, or their partner, have as part of their application.