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Can I apply for a childcare grant

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Being a student in full-time higher education can be exhilarating, tiring, enlightening … and any other adjectives your personal experience cares to throw into the mix. But when you have children the demands of studying become similar to that of a full-time job. You will need childcare if you are going to succeed. For anyone in this position it’s good to know that the government offers childcare grants. To find out if you could be eligible … read on.

Year 2014 – 2015

Anyone eligible for student finance in general can apply for a Childcare Grant. Access to student finance depends on:

  • the type of course you are taking
  • where you are studying
  • whether you have studied before
  • your residency and nationality status

Assuming you meet the criteria your application will be considered.

This current academic year, student parents with one child may be eligible for a Childcare Grant of up to £150.23 per week and up to £257.55 per week for two or more children. It applies to children under the age of 15, or the age of 17 in the case of children with special educational needs.

Year 2015 – 2016

The level of the Childcare Grant available for the next academic year have risen slightly. Eligible student parents may apply to receive up to £155.24 per week for one child and up to £266.15 for two or more children.

What it Covers

Can I apply for a childcare grantThe amount of Childcare Grant you receive will vary depending on your actual childcare costs. It will cover up to 85% of your costs, up to the maximum levels described above.

How it is Calculated and Paid

The assessment will take into consideration the income of your household, how much you pay in childcare and how many dependent children you have. If you fail to provide details of your childcare provider on your application, your initial payment will be a set at a maximum of £120.02 per week, or 85% of your estimated outlay, whichever is the lower.

Childcare Grants are paid in three instalments over the course of the academic year, usually at the start of each term and straight into your nominated bank account.

Need to Know

  • Any money received in the form of a Childcare Grant is awarded in addition to any other student finance you get; you do not have to pay it back.
  • Childcare Grants are not affected by any other income, housing or unemployment benefits that you may be receiving
  • You can find the application process and requirements detailed under the heading ‘Childcare Grant’ on the website www.gov.uk
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Seasoned freelance writer Cally Worden lives with her family and dog in a quiet corner of rural France. A love of the outdoors, and a fascination with her children's ability to view life with fresh eyes provide the inspiration for much of her work. Cally writes regularly for various websites and UK print publications on subjects as diverse as parenting, travel, lifestyle, and business, and anything that makes her smile.

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