Apply for a school clothing grant

We can, in some circumstances, provide a grant towards the costs of school clothing and footwear if you receive certain benefits. The current grant is £55 for primary school pupils and £60 for secondary school pupils. For pupils of statutory school age the grant is paid direct to parents; for pupils over statutory school age the grant is paid direct to the student.

We review eligibility criteria each year to take account of changes to the benefit system.

You can download the application form for a school clothing grant below. 


For more information, please contact us or see the frequently asked questions below.

Contact details

Moyra Forbes
Education Maintenance Allowances
Support Services
Education Culture and Sport
Business Hub 13
Second Floor North
Marischal College
Broad Street
Aberdeen 
AB10 1AB
01224 523898
Fax: 01224 522022
mforbes@aberdeencity.gov.uk

Frequently asked questions

You may be eligible for a school clothing and footwear grant if you receive any of the following: Income Support, Income-based Jobseekers Allowance, Income-based Employment and Support Allowance, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit, Child Tax Credit or Working Tax Credit and your child is under the age of sixteen and attends primary or secondary school in Aberdeen.

If you receive Child Tax Credit only and your annual income as assessed by the Inland Revenue is £16,105 or less, then yes, you will be eligible for a school clothing and footwear grant. You need to send a copy of your current Tax Credit Award Notice with your application.

If you receive both maximum Child Tax Credit and maximum Working Tax Credit and your annual income as assessed by the Inland Revenue is £6,420 or less.

Usually within 4 weeks though we do not start making payments until mid-July. If we receive your application by 15 June, and it is completed correctly, we will process it by 1 August. If we receive your applications after 1 August we may not be able to process it in time for the start of the school term.

The school clothing grant is £55 for a primary school child and £60 for a secondary school child.

You can apply for a school clothing grant once per child in any financial year i.e. between 1 April and 31 March.

You can choose to either have the money paid into a bank account which accepts BACS payments or you can receive a cheque.

When applying for a footwear and clothing grant you will need to show proof of benefit received as stated in the application form.

You may be eligible for free school meals, free school transport, disabled student allowance, a school clothing grant and, for students who wish to stay on for 5th and 6th year at secondary school, there is also education maintenance allowance available.

As well as downloading one from this section, you can get an application form from the school, your local Community Centre or Customer Access Points at Marischal College, MastrickKincorth and Woodside. You can also return your application form to any of these Access Points


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