Scholarships and Student Funding

Childcare Fund

Means-tested Childcare funds are available for students using registered childcare.

Provided by the Scottish Government, Childcare Fund awards are made at the discretion of the University on a case-by-case basis.


These awards are available to all eligible full-time UK undergraduate students, and to eligible full-time UK postgraduate students in receipt of tuition fee loan support from SAAS.

EU/Overseas students, PhD students and part-time postgraduate students are not eligible to receive childcare funds. Students categorised as "Exam Only" are also not eligible to apply for these funds.

Childcare support packages help with the cost of formal registered childcare expenses for dependent children, including:

  • child-minders
  • after school clubs
  • day care
  • sitter services
  • providers of pre-school education


Before applying for assistance from the Childcare Fund, you are expected to have checked that you are receiving your full entitlement to state benefit payments including child benefit, tax credits, income support and housing benefit.

If you are from Scotland and are a lone parent, you must have applied for the Lone Parent Childcare Grant from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland.

If you would like to apply to the Childcare Fund for assistance, your first step is to visit one of the University’s Advice Places where you can pick up an application form and get advice on your eligibility and the application process from experienced and friendly staff.

The University’s Advice Places are located in Edinburgh at:

  • Students' Association, Bristo Square
  • KB House, Kings Buildings, West Mains Road

Scholarships and Financial Support Team

Contact details

Assessment of application

Once your application is received, the fund administrators will consider your case by looking at your income and expenditure with any extenuating circumstances taken fully into account.

This assessment normally takes about 15 working days, after which the administrators will write to you to inform you of their decision.

If your application is successful, it can then be another 7-10 working days before you receive whatever award may have been granted to you.

Payment of award

Payment is normally made by cheque but, if you have provided us with your bank details, you can ask for the payment to be made direct into your account by BACS if this would suit you better.

Related Links

Discretionary Fund