The closing date for 2012/13 is 5 July 2013.
The Childcare Fund can help Scottish-domiciled full-time undergraduate students with the costs of their formal/registered childcare costs*. Formal childcare includes registered childminders, after-school clubs, day care, sitter services and providers of pre-school and education. Proof of current formal/registered childcare costs must be provided.
In cases of serious and immediate hardship, there is a short term interest free emergency loan facility. You can borrow up to a maximum of £350 (maximum of £100 per day).
Please note that, due to the confidential nature of the application we cannot accept scanned or emailed versions of the form. If you would like to speak to one of the Financial Support Team or require assistance in completing the form, please contact 0141-548-2753.
Assistance from the Fund is discretionary, needs-based and limited. To be eligible for assistance from the Fund, a student must:
- meet the eligibility criteria for tuition fees and be either an undergraduate or in receipt of the undergraduate package of support (e.g. PGDE)
- have applied for his/her full means-tested student loan (where appropriate). Proof of registered or formal childcare costs must be provided.
Given the limited funds available and the numbers of students applying, in some cases an interim award may be made in the first instance. A supplementary award may be made later in the academic year if sufficient funds remain. It is quite likely that the Fund will often not be able to cover the entire cost of registered childcare.
*Informal childcare costs (e.g. non-registered childminder, friend, family member) may be considered via the Discretionary Fund.
Students not eligible for assistance from the Childcare Fund
- Students who have not applied for their full means-tested loan (if eligible)
- Students who are not eligible for the payment of their tuition fees*
- Postgraduate students*
- Part-time students*
- Students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland*
- Students in receipt of an NHS bursary*
- International students (including EU)
*The above categories of student may be eligible for assistance from the Discretionary Fund.
Lone Parent Childcare Grant
From August 2011, the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) has transferred the administration of the “Lone Parent Childcare Grant” to institutions. If you are a lone parent who has registered childcare costs and have received your *Lone Parents Grant award notice from SAAS, you can apply for this supplementary support directly from the University.
Eligible students must be studying full-time on an undergraduate course and be funded by SAAS. Students from England, Wales and and Northern Ireland funding bodies who are eligible for Childcare grants are NOT eligible for this fund. However, they can apply to the “Discretionary Fund” if applicable.
All information submitted will be treated as confidential.
*Lone Parents’ Grant
You can claim the Lone Parents’ Grant of £1,305 from SAAS if you are single, widowed, divorced, separated or your civil partnership has dissolved, and you are bringing up children on your own. The grant covers 52 weeks of the year from the first day of the academic year of your course. For more information, see the SAAS webpage at:
To be eligible to receive the Lone Parent Childcare Grant, you must already be in receipt of the Lone Parents' Grant. You must submit a copy of your SAAS award notice confirming you are in receipt of the Lone Parents' Grant and evidence of registered childcare costs.