Scholarships and Student Funding

Childcare Fund

Means-tested Childcare funds are available for students using registered childcare in the academic year 2021/22. The funds are provided by the Scottish Government and awards are made at the discretion of the University on a case-by-case basis.

 

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 

Childcare costs are capped at a maximum as per the table below:

Maximum costs Single Child More than 1Child
Per month £780 £1,200

Welfare Advisors at the EUSA Advice Place are available to answer your questions and provide support for your application. We recommend contacting a Welfare Advisor before completing the form  Advice Place Contacts. Eligibility

 

These awards are available to all eligible full-time UK undergraduate students receiving their income assessed maintenance loan from SAAS, and to eligible full-time UK postgraduate students in receipt of maintenance loan support from SAAS.

Students supported under the Nursing and Midwifery Student Bursary Scheme are not entitled to help from the Childcare Funds.

Students must have received their first loan disbursement from SAAS before applying to the fund.

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.

Applying

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. You will be asked to provide this documentation with your application.  You will be required to complete the Childcare Provider Declaration Form.

The completed form must be uploaded during the application process.  If you have children who are in different providers we will require each provider to complete the form. 

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.

The EUSA Advice Place can also provide advice on entitlement and making an application. 

Application requirements

During the application process, you will be required to provide supporting evidence.  Without the evidence we will not be able to proceed with your application.

  1.  Ensure you complete all parts of the online application form 
  2.  Upload all relevant information in a PDF format.  Without this information we will be unable to process your form
    1. All Bank Statements will be required and these should cover 3 months up until the date of application,  this includes all accounts, including secondary or online savings accounts (This includes PayPal, Monzo, UK, overseas accounts and any cryptocurrencies e.g  Bitcoin, NEO etc)
    2. Three current months bank statements for all your partners accounts if applicable.
    3. Bank statements must be provided in PDF format and must show the account holder name, account number, transaction details and running balance. Screenshots cannot be accepted
  3. We cannot accept applications if you do not hold a bank account in your name, including if you use parental accounts/credit cards to pay for living expenses.
  4. A copy of your student loan award letter and payment schedule (both sides) , scholarship, or bursary award letter (both sides) for the 2021-2022 academic session.
  5. Evidence of rent or mortgage payments eg Loan tenancy agreement or letter from landlord
  6. Evidence of capital/savings available to you
  7. Childcare provider contract
  8. Childcare provider Declaration Form
  9. Any amount held within your bank account will be treated as funds that you have access to.

Please note, we cannot accept screen shots of information.  To avoid any delay in assessment, where you have multiple bank accounts, including online accounts, please submit the required documentation with your application.  

When to apply

You will be able to submit your application to the University between September to Friday 3 December 2021 at 1700 GMT.  We reserve the right to close any hardship fund, if the fund has been exhausted.

Fraudulent Applications

If you submit an application or supporting documentation which we then discover to be fraudulent or if we receive any information about fraudulent applications, this will be addressed within regulations 12.4 of the Student Code of Conduct .  Any funds awarded will need to be paid back in full. 

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 30 working days, after which the administrators will write to you to inform you of their decision.

If your application is successful, it can take up to 10 working days for payments to be processed.

Receiving funds

Awards are paid by BACS (Bankers' Automated Clearing Services).  If you are successful, Finance will process payment to your bank account.  You will be asked to provide these details via a link on the form.   It may take up to 10 working days for funds to reach your bank account.

What if I disagree with the assessment of my application?

If you disagree with the decision reached you are entitled to request a review of your application. Reviews should be sent to studentfunding@ed.ac.uk with the subject "Request for Childcare Review"

Reviews should be requested in writing, clearly stating the grounds for appeal and, where appropriate, supplying additional documentary evidence to support the review process. All requests for review must be received within 14 days of the date of the original decision letter. The review process can take up to two weeks.

After you have received the outcome of your review, if you still disagree with our decision you may appeal in writing to the Scholarships and Student Funding Services Manager, who is responsible for handling the final appeal. You should clearly indicate how you believe an incorrect decision has been made. The applicant will be informed of the final decision in writing within seven working days.

EUSA Advice Place staff will be able to advise you as to whether or not you have sufficient grounds to request a review.

Overseas Bank accounts

We are unable to make payments to overseas bank accounts. You must set up a UK bank account before applying to the fund.

Learn about your options for opening your first student bank account in the UK and banking safety

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