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Childcare Grant for Students: CCG1 Form

Student parents in full-time higher education can get help with learning costs. Find out if you are eligible for extra financial help to cover your childcare and some course-related costs.

CHILDCARE SUPPORT GRANT: The Childcare Grant for students is a weekly payment.

Its main purpose is to support parents with dependent children while they continue studying.

How Much is the Child Care Grant?

Extra money from Childcare Grants gets paid on top of regular student finance packages. You do not need to pay back Childcare Grant student finance.

In most cases you can get up to 85% of your childcare costs paid back. But, the amount of Childcare Grant you receive depends on:

  1. How many dependent children you have.
  2. The total cost of childcare for your children.
  3. Your household income (including income of your spouse or partner).

Childcare Grant Academic Year 2018 to 2019

Student families with dependent children and in full-time higher education may get up to:

Note: You should give full details about your childcare provider on your application form. Your first payment will be the least amount of £127.33 a week or 85% of your estimate if you do not.

Childcare Grant Academic Year 2017 to 2018

Student families with dependent children and in full-time higher education may get up to:

Note: You should give full details about your childcare provider on your application form. Your first payment will be the least amount of £123.38 a week or 85% of your estimate if you do not.

Childcare Grant for Students in EnglandChildcare Grant Payments

As a rule, 3 separate instalments get paid straight into your bank account.

Childcare Grant payments go in at the beginning of each term through the academic year.

Getting the Childcare Grant does not usually affect income-related benefits, housing benefit, and unemployment welfare.

But, you may not qualify if you (or your spouse) get the childcare element of the Working Tax Credit.

Childcare Grant Eligibility Criteria

How do you qualify for a Childcare Grant? The Childcare Grant eligibility criteria means all the following must apply:

You are not eligible for the Childcare Grant if:

Note: What gets classed as a relative of the child? It means a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, brother or sister related by blood or marriage. It can also be a person with a strong relationship to the child (such as someone acting as a parent to their partner's children).

The types of childcare services that qualify for the grant include:

How to Apply for Childcare Grant

Follow these 5 steps to apply for Childcare Grant for students with dependent children.

  1. Send an estimate of your childcare costs to Student Finance England. You should use the Childcare Grant CCG1 Application Form.
  2. Remember to send proof of the child or children's identity. You must also send proof of their financial dependence on you. That could be their original birth certificate, tax credits details, or Child Benefit.
  3. You will receive a letter informing you how much Childcare Grant you can get entitlement to.
  4. You and your childcare provider must confirm your childcare costs during each academic term. You should use the Childcare Grant CCG2 Form for this step.
  5. Your next payment may get adjusted. That happens if the actual childcare costs are higher or lower than your estimated costs.

Student Finance Childcare Grant Form

What happens when you have completed your main student finance application? You should then estimate your childcare costs using the CCG1 Application Form.

Use Childcare Grant CCG2 Form for the academic year that the costs relate to. That is how you confirm your actual childcare costs during each academic term.

Childcare Grant Mailing Address

Student Finance England
PO Box 210
Darlington
DL1 9HJ

Also in this section...

Adult Dependants' Grant: A bursary for full-time students in higher education with a dependent adult.
Child Trust Fund: Get expert advice about long-term tax-free savings for children.
Free School Meals: Some families may have entitlement for free school meals in the United Kingdom.
Sure Start Maternity Grant: Find out if you qualify and how to apply for the pregnancy grant.
Student Finance England: A page for anyone who needs Student Finance England contact information.

Childcare Grant Eligibility: Application Form CCG1 and CCG2