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Full-time Childcare Grant


New students applying for Childcare Grant in 2019/20

Students starting their course from 1 August 2019 can apply for the Childcare Grant online as part of their main student finance application.

They'll have to send us some evidence. They'll be told what evidence is needed when they apply.


 Paper application forms will still be available if:

  • they've already applied for student finance but still need to apply for Childcare Grant, or
  • they want to apply for Childcare Grant for another child.

 They can download the application form for Dependants' Grants at

 What happens next

If the student's application is approved, they'll receive an email from the Childcare Grant Payment Service. This email will direct the student to set up an account with them where they'll be able to pay their childcare provider directly.


We've got more detailed information for continuing students who got a Childcare grant last year.


New students applying for Childcare Grant in 2018/19

Step 1

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

Step 2

They’ll get a letter telling them how much Childcare Grant they’ll get.

Step 3

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.

Step 4

If their actual childcare costs are higher or lower than their estimated costs, their next payment will be adjusted accordingly.


Students will need to provide the following evidence to support their application:

  • evidence of their child’s identity, such as a birth certificate or adoption certificate
  • evidence that their child depends on them, such as a tax credit award notice or Child Benefit letter