Undergraduate Child Care Support - Student Parent Programs

Student Parent Programs awards funding to undergraduate student parents to help defray the cost of child care expenses and help students focus on their educational goals. Eligibility for funding is limited to student parents with documented financial need (as determined by Financial Aid Services.) with current or anticipated eligible child care expenses. As you complete the application, please consider all options that will allow you the best chance of success in your program this year. Your child care plan may include a mix of several types of child care options – please include all that you anticipate utilizing this year.

The child care subsidy is awarded to student parents as a reimbursement for documented expenses or directly to the child care provider. This subsidy is for undergraduate students only.

To qualify for child care subsidies, student parents must be actively enrolled at UMass Amherst as an undergraduate or graduate student on a part-time or full-time basis and must meet the income eligibility criteria for program participants – similar to Pell grant income eligibility, determined through Financial Aid Services.

We primarily fund child care through licensed and accredited providers however, some funding may be available for other types of child care. Please note that the majority of our funds are restricted by our funding source to licensed and accredited providers only.

Child care expenses can include daycare, pre-k, before and after school programs, and summer child care through EEC licensed and nationally accredited providers. Some babysitting, home-based non-EEC licensed care, and other informal child care may also qualify for limited funding.

Subsidies will be determined based on applicant demonstrated need, enrollment status and may be adjusted based on funds available within the program or a change to applicant’s status.

Please do not apply for this opportunity if you will not have a dependent child in your care at least part-time

Supplemental Questions
  1. Do you have one or more dependent children?
  2. Do you need assistance finding child care?
  3. Please list your child(ren)'s date(s) of birth
  4. Total Household Members
  5. Household Status
  6. Do you consider yourself a single parent?
  7. Annual Household Gross Income
  8. What types of child care and out-of-school-time support will your family need this year? (check all that apply)
  9. How many of your children will be in paid child care during the academic year?
  10. Where will your child/ren be enrolled in child care? Please include name and contact information for agency, school or program based providers.
  11. What is your estimated total cost of child care per month for the academic year?
  12. Are you receiving any other forms of assistance to help pay for child care? If yes, please list source and amount.
  13. Expected Family Contribution (EFC# from your current FAFSA): You can find your EFC# by logging into SPIRE in the Student Services Center under the Financial Aid tab or by logging into your FAFSA.
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