Discretionary Funds, including the Childcare Element, may be available to UK students who are in receipt of the maximum student support available to them and can demonstrate a need for financial support whilst adhering to our various rates for appropriate expenditure. The only exception are students studying pre-registration Nursing and Midwifery courses, who are not eligible and should consult the section below.
Although funding comes from the Scottish Government, you do not need to be Scottish to be eligible, but should be in receipt of student support from Student Finance England, Northern Ireland or Wales.
Discretionary Funds may provide additional financial support to top up the support you receive from government, and help you meet the basic cost of living. The Childcare Element of these funds can be awarded in addition to the Discretionary Fund and can help meet the cost of study related childcare.
Any award from the Discretionary Fund, including the Childcare Element, is in the form of a non-repayable bursary.
You may apply if you struggle to makes ends meet each month, or if you experience an unexpected cost that you have not budgeted for. These funds are limited and they are awarded on a first come, first served basis so it is recommended that you apply as early as possible to avoid disappointment. The fund can close with little notice due to budget constraints.
It is unlikely that any award will cover your shortfall in full so we would encourage you to use our money advice resources to help you budget effectively.
MSc Social Work:
If you are studying the MSc Social Work, what you can apply for through this fund is slightly different to other postgraduates and is detailed in the fund procedures document below.
In a nutshell, if you are funded through SSSC, you may apply to the Discretionary Fund, but not for any Childcare Element. If you are not funded through SSSC, you may apply for the Discretionary Fund and Childcare Element. However, this fund is not an alternative to SSSC funding, so you will need to demonstrate that you have adequate support in place to meet your tuition and living costs.
How to apply:
Application packs, guidance notes and procedures all follow. You should download these from here and follow the guidance carefully to complete your application, and submit this to us in a format that we are able to accept and process.
If you have questions about the process, or are struggling to complete and submit your application as detailed in the guidance, please do not hesitate to contact us via email and we will do our best to help.
Applying for THE childcare ELEMENT?
You should read the Childcare Factsheet below, which detail what can be applied for.
Applications, Procedures & Guidance
The following documents will help you complete your application: