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Childcare Funding

Full-time eligible students attending University will be able to apply for help with registered childcare costs from the Childcare Fund. Children must be under 15, or under 17 if they have special educational needs. Childcare fund awards are in the form of a grant, normally paid direct to a childcare provider, and are in addition to any other funding a student receives.  

  • Opens 1 August 2017
  • Deadline 23 March 2018
  • Help with Childcare


Childcare Eligibility at a glance


Students must be eligible under the residency rules set out in part 2 of schedule 3 the Education (Access Funds) (Scotland) (No.2) Determination 2016. (If you meet the residency eligibility to receive a student loan for living costs from SAAS you should meet the criteria for the Childcare Fund)

Eligible Courses

Must be attending an eligible full-time course of study, as defined by SAAS. This includes Postgraduate courses that qualify for tuition fee loan funding from SAAS

Other Support

Must have used full entitlement of all other available support such as student loan and bursaries. Lone parents should also have claimed the Lone Parents Grant from SAAS. All students should have claimed any Child Tax Credits, free nursery places and other support to which they are entitled. Students must meet the eligibility criteria for tuition fee support to be eligible for assistance from the Childcare Fund. RUK students should apply to their funding body for the Childcare Grant. Lone parent students who aren’t eligible for tuition fee support due to previous study are still eligible to the Lone Parent Childcare Grant.

Other Criteria

Must be paying registered childcare costs. Childcare providers (Nurseries, Child Minders and Nannies that are recruited through agencies that are registered with the Care Inspectorate.) must be registered with the Care Inspectorate. 

Further Information

The University receives an allocation of Childcare Fund from the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS).  SAAS issues guidance on administering the Fund and the University has a policy to best manage local demands. In order to ensure that the Childcare Fund can assist as many students as possible we have introduced a new Childcare Fund Policy (revised) for Childcare Fund applications in 2017/18. There is a policy change for households with an income over £60,000 per annum.  Due to the demand on the Fund in Semester 1 we have had to make a change to the eligibility criteria for Semester 2.  This change should ensure that the students in most need of the support receive it.  The policy change affects students with a household income of over £60,000 and the change means students cannot apply to the Fund unless it is an income assessed application (if you are a lone parent and have the Lone Parent Grant, the Lone Parent Childcare Grant is still non-income assessed).  An income assessed application will look at all of your household income and the essential outgoings to see if a student is able to pay for their childcare themeselves. for more information, please see the Childcare Fund Policy or contact the Student Financial Support Team. 

The Childcare Fund is intended to provide a significant contribution to childcare costs, but is not intended to cover the full cost of wraparound, full time childcare.

The Childcare Fund will help students over their academic year:

  • Undergraduates -  Monday 11th September 2017 – Friday 15th December 2017 Monday 8th January 2018 – Friday 18th May
  • PGDE – 16th August 2017– Friday 15th December 2017 Monday 8th January 2018 – Friday 18th May
  • Postgraduates -  Monday 11th September 2017 – Friday 15th December 2017 Monday 8th January – Tuesday 31st July 2018

 When assessing your application we will take into account the following:

  • We will expect you to use any free childcare places or equivalent discount to which you are entitled under the Scottish Government’s scheme for 3 and 4 year olds. If you choose to use a provider that does not participate in the scheme, this may be reflected in a reduced award from the Fund.
  • If you are eligible we expect you to apply for the Childcare element of Working Tax Credit to help with the cost of childcare.
  • For lone parents, we will also take into account the Lone Parent Childcare Grant which we will assess at the same time as your Childcare Fund application.
  • We will also take into account the overall cost of your childcare and the cost per hour or session.
  • We will consider how the childcare applied for relates to your study commitments and personal circumstances.
  • We will also consider whether anyone who shares caring responsibilities for your child(ren) can provide some of the childcare you need.

Depending on the demand on the Fund, level of awards could change throughout the year.

Your Childcare needs and how we will make payments

We will make an assessment based on your projected Childcare needs and costs for the Semester and will make an award accordingly. We will only reassess you award in the event of a significant change in your circumstances (for example if there was a major change to your timetable that resulted in increased Childcare need).

Wherever possible we will pay your award direct to your Childcare provider(s).

We have an online calculator which can estimate the support you may be eligible to receive from the Childcare Fund.  Please note that the calculator will estimate support for the whole academic session.  

Lone Parent Childcare Grant if you are a lone parent who has registered childcare costs and have received your Lone Parents Grant from SAAS, you can apply for this supplementary support directly from the University. 

How to apply


Childcare Fund Application Form - Annex B 2017/18  This is the application form to apply for help with childcare costs in Semester 2.  You complete the application form and your childcare provider/s complete Annex B.  Applications will not be assessed until January 2018 so you will not hear the coutome of your application until mid January 2018 onwards.  We would encourage you to apply as soon as possible as funds may run out before the advertised closing dates.  If you applied for childcare support in Semester 1, you do not have to include your SAAS award notice or Student Loan Payment Schedule as these will be with your previous application. 


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