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Lone Parent Grant & Lone Parent Childcare Grant
Independent Students’ Bursary
Childcare Grant - RUK Students
Parent Learning Allowance - RUK students
Emergency Aid Fund
Child Tax Credits
Financial Info for Parents
Support from your Funding Body
The Lone Parent Grant is administered by SAAS and is available to full-time Scottish funded undergraduate students. This grant covers the whole year from the first day of your course. Money will be given either as an extra grant of £1,305 or as an extra allowance against your income. Part-time undergraduates and all postgraduate students are not eligible for this grant. More information can be found on the SAAS website.
Again for Scottish students, if you receive the Lone Parent Grant you could also receive up to £1,215 to pay for registered or formal childcare. To be eligible to receive the Lone Parent Childcare Grant, you must already be in receipt of the Lone Parents' Grant. It is vital that students who qualify for the Lone Parent Childcare Grant have their student funding letter from SAAS by the start of their course so that their claim can be processed by the University at the start of the academic year, so make sure you get your SAAS application in early. SAAS guarantee that correct claims received by the 30th June will be processed in time for the start of the academic year. SAAS Guide on Childcare funding
This £1000 bursary is available to Scottish students who are deemed independent before starting their course. Examples of SAAS’s definition of independent include if you have a child or children who normally lives with you. The bursary is for general living costs and is only awarded to people whose income is below £20,999 a year. The bursary does not have to be paid back.
For home students from outside Scotland, this grant provides up to 85% of costs for registered childcare for full-time students. You can apply for funding before starting your course to avoid financial hardship.
In 2019 to 2020, if you are from England or Northern Ireland you could get:
- up to £169.31 a week for 1 child
- up to £290.27 a week for 2 or more children
Welsh students could get:
- £161.50 a week for 1 child
- £274.55 a week for 2 or more children.
The grant helps with childcare costs for children under 15, or under 17 if they have special educational needs. You must be eligible for student finance to apply for a Childcare Grant.
For those with dependent children in full-time education, this is assessed in household income and can provide up to £1716 (England), £1557 (Wales) or £1538 (Northern Ireland) of support per year. You can apply through your relevant student finance body when you apply for your student loan.
Support from your Institution
This fund is only available to full-time undergraduates, PGDE students or postgrad students in receipt of a SAAS tuition fee loan from Scotland to help with registered childcare in Scotland. To be eligible you will have to have applied for the full means tested student loan. The amount you will receive is means tested and you are likely to only receive a contribution towards the cost of childcare. This fund is accessed through the University Student Finance Office but you can also collect forms from The Advice Hub or download them. Remember that childcare can include breakfast clubs and afterschool clubs.
If you are not eligible for the Childcare fund because you are a part-time student or your childcare isn’t formal you can still apply for help but you need to do it through the Discretionary Fund.
All UK/Home undergraduates and postgraduates studying either full-time or part-time can apply to this fund if they find themselves facing severe financial difficulty. If you are not eligible for any other childcare funding, you could apply to the Discretionary Fund. The money, which is managed by the University but provided by the Government, can be applied for by filling out a form available from The Advice Hub or the Student Finance Office.
To be eligible for this award you will have to have applied for the maximum amount of Student Loan available to you (if applicable).
Please note: if you have outstanding money from the Emergency Aid Fund this will be deducted from your award from the Discretionary Fund before you receive it.
Students facing immediate and urgent financial difficulty can apply for a loan from the Emergency Aid Fund through the Student Finance Office. Payments of around £100 can usually be made on the day, whilst larger sums may take a few days. There is no interest charged on these loans, however, if you do not repay the loan by the agreed date you may prevent yourself from re-registering or graduating.
Extra financial support:
If you have a child/children under 16 or child/children between 16-19 in full-time non-advanced education, you could be entitled to child tax credits.
The amount will depend on your circumstances but you could be entitled some extra cash and, if you qualify for this maximum amount, your children may also be entitled to free school meals. Additional support is available through Child Tax Credits if you or your child has a disability.
More information is available at HMRC
Please be aware that this guide is designed to give a quick over view of support options available to student parents. If you would like further information on particular funds The Advice Hub can help you find it or put you in touch with other people who can assist you.