Childcare Grant Full-time undergraduate, Northern Ireland students

4. Applying

Apply online, it's faster

The quickest way to apply is to sign into your student finance account. If you've had funding from us in the past you'll be able to use the same sign in details, if not you'll need to create an account.

If you cannot apply online

You can download a form using our form finder or speak to your local Education Authority Office.

You'll be asked to estimate your childcare costs upfront and then confirm them later in the year

We'll let you know what evidence we need and when to send it.

Apply early to get your finance confirmed before your course starts

We'll announce when applications are available on the home page each year.

Applying early and providing all the information we need means:

  • we can confirm your student finance before your course begins
  • you can budget for the year because you'll know exactly what you're getting and when
  • you can let us know if anything changes, and we can update your student finance accordingly
  • we have as much time as possible to get in touch with you before your course starts, if we need to

Applications always open with enough time for you to apply and have your funding in place for the start of your course. However if you apply late, your student finance might be too.

You can apply using the details of your preferred course before you've been accepted

Tell us if anything changes and we'll update your application.

Application deadline

The final deadline for applying is 9 months after the first day of your academic year. You can still make changes to your loan request up to 1 month before the end of the academic year.

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