Full-time Childcare Grant

What's available

The maximum Childcare Grant for the 2020 to 2021 academic year is:

 

  • up to £174.22 a week for one child, or up to 85% of their costs (whichever is less)
  • up to £298.69 a week for two or more children, or up to 85% of their costs (whichever is less)

Any remaining childcare costs will have to be paid by the student.

 

The maximum Childcare Grant for the 2021 to 2022 academic year is:

 

  • up to £179.62 a week for one child, or up to 85% of their costs (whichever is less)
  • up to £307.95 a week for two or more children, or up to 85% of their costs (whichever is less)

Any remaining childcare costs will have to be paid by the student.

 

The grant doesn’t usually need to be paid back, unless students are overpaid or leave their course early.

How Childcare Grant is calculated

The amount students can get depends on: 

  • their household income
  • how many children they have in childcare

Students who haven’t arranged their childcare yet

Students don't need to know their childcare provider or arrangements before applying for a Childcare Grant. However, they will need to have confirmed their childcare arrangements and linked with their provider online before any payments can be made.

Students getting benefits

Childcare Grant won’t affect any income-related benefits. They must not be in receipt of the Childcare Element of the Working Tax Credit, the Childcare Element Universal Credit, the HMRC tax free childcare or the NHS funded childcare grants at the same time as the Childcare Grant.