Higher education childcare funding


This quick guide offers information for students who would like to apply for assistance with registered childcare costs and fall into the following categories:

  • Must have a dependent child
  • Must have applied for all available support from Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) including Student Living Cost Loan and / or Bursary and Lone Parent Grant
  • Must use Care Inspectorate registerd formal childcare providers
  • We will calculate your funded childcare costs on your timetabled classes or for placement days that are a mandatory part of your course
  • Must meet eligibility criteria for Tuition Fees to be considered for assistance from the childcare fund

Fully completed applications with all supporting documents must be received within 6 weeks of the start date of the course. Please be advised funds are limited and given on a first come first served basis.

Awards are considered under the following criteria:Documents required may include:Further information before applying:
  • Lone parents
  • Partnered students
  • Must have applied for Tuition Fees and Loan Parent Grant
  • Must be eligible for Tuition Fee support otherwise eligible for Lone Parent Childcare Grant only
  • Must be eligible for Tuition Fee support
  • Must have applied for Student Loan and supplementary grants
  • Proof of Student's Income
  • Proof of Partner's Income (if applicable)
  • Bank Statements for Student (and Partner) – 2 current months
  • Details of Household Income and Expenditure
  • Tax Credit Award Notice (2022/23) / Universal Credit Details (if applicable)
  • SAAS award letter
  • Student Loan Company Award letter
  • Childcare Contract
  • You should ensure you have claimed for all eligible support that is available to you, such as preschool funding, child tax credits, universal credit, free local council nursery places (as applicable)
  • Childcare costs are generally paid directly to the student
  • Inverness College UHI operates an online funding application via the Student Hub.
  • You will be invited to apply via the Student Hub once offered an unconditional place on a course and funding opens.
  • Documents requested can be emailed to funding.ic@uhi.ac.uk or handed into the Student Support Centre.
  • Keep an eye on the Student Hub for further information or evidence you need to provide.
  • You will be notified of all funding decisions via the Student Hub.