Childcare Fund

Childcare Fund

UK students may be eligible for assistance with study related childcare costs. The fund makes awards in the form of a grant which does not have to be repaid.

Awarding Body
Robert Gordon University
Dependent on individual circumstances
For academic year 2021-22: 15 June 2022. Applications for 2022-23 will be considered from mid-August 2022.


The Childcare Fund is available to assist students in financial hardship with the cost of formal registered childcare expenses in Scotland.

The fund is intended to provide a contribution towards study related childcare costs – it is not intended to cover the full cost of full-time childcare.

Students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland studying in Scotland may be able to receive a Childcare Grant from their funding body. Those students are not eligible for assistance from the Childcare Fund.

Successful students will have their award paid directly to their childcare provider on a monthly basis.


Eligible Countries of Residence

  • England
  • Northern Ireland
  • Scotland
  • Wales

Eligible Courses

Course Level

  • Undergraduate
  • Postgraduate

Mode of Attendance

  • On Campus
  • Online Learning

Mode of Study

  • Full Time

Subject Area

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Architecture, Construction & Surveying
  • Art & Design
  • Business & Management
  • Communication, Media & Marketing
  • Computing
  • Energy
  • Engineering
  • Events, Tourism & Hospitality
  • Fashion
  • Health & Sport Science
  • Law
  • Pharmacy & Life Sciences
  • Social Studies

Other Requirements

To be eligible students must:

  • be from Scotland, England, Wales or Northern Ireland
  • meet the eligibility criteria for payment of tuition fees
  • be registered and attending an eligible course
  • have taken out their full entitlement to a student loan
  • have exhausted all other possible sources of funding available to them
  • be paying registered childcare costs
  • be able to prove they are in financial difficulty

Students entitled to a student loan must have taken out their full entitlement.

Some students are not eligible to apply to this fund:
  • Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedic Practice students
  • EU students
  • International students

How to Apply

Application forms can be downloaded and once completed handed in along with all supporting documentation at the Student Help Point in the Ishbel Gordon building.  If you are unable to hand them in, you can email them to

Closing date for making application for the 2021-2022 academic year is Wednesday 15 June 2022. Applications received after this date will not be considered for 2021-22.

Applications for 2022-23 will be considered from mid-August 2022.

Please be aware that it can take up to 4-6 weeks for your application to be considered.


Students may be asked to attend a short interview to discuss their situation.

Student Finance Appeals 

The Student Financial Appeals Procedure relates to appeals against financial awards made by the University's Student Finance Team including, but not limited to, the Discretionary Fund, Childcare Fund and Financial Support.

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