Students can get up to 85% of their childcare costs.
The maximum Childcare Grant for the 2018 to 2019 academic year is:
- up to £164.70 a week for one child
- up to £282.36 a week for two or more children
The maximum Childcare Grant for the 2017 to 2018 academic year is:
- up to £159.59 a week for one child
- up to £273.60 a week for two or more children
It doesn’t usually need to be paid back, unless they are overpaid or leave their course early.
How Dependants' Grants are calculated
We've created a factsheet to explain how Dependants' Grants are calculated (PDF - 730 KB).
What it’s based on
The amount students can get depends on:
- their household income
- How many children they have
- what other grants they’re receiving, for example Parents Learning Allowance
Students who haven’t arranged their childcare yet
Students can apply for the grant before they’ve found a childcare provider. We’ll cap the maximum amount they can get to £123.38 a week or 85% of their estimate (whichever is less).
Students should update their childcare provider information as soon as possible to make sure they’re getting the correct amount of funding.
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 or the Childcare Element of Universal Credit at the same time as the Childcare Grant.