The Postsecondary Child Care Grant Program helps low income students who have young children pay for child care while the student attends classes.
Who is Eligible?
Minnesota residents who have a child 12 years old or younger (or 14 or younger if the child is handicapped) and whose family size and income qualify for the program. To qualify, students also must:
- Be Minnesota residents.
- Be enrolled 6-15 credits per term (undergraduates) or 1-6 credits per term (graduates).
- Either not have earned a baccalaureate degree and been enrolled full time less than eight semesters or the equivalent, or have a baccalaureate degree and been enrolled full time less than eight semesters or the equivalent in a graduate or professional degree program. Students who have withdrawn for active military service after December 31, 2002 are given an extra term of eligibility.
- Not have defaulted on a student loan.
The student must not be receiving assistance from the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP). Individuals receiving MFIP at this time should contact their County Social Office of Higher Education to get additional information about child care assistance.
What Schools Are Eligible?
Eligible institutions are all public postsecondary schools and private, baccalaureate degree granting colleges and universities located in Minnesota, or nonprofit, two-year vocational schools granting associate degrees.
How is the Award Determined?
The amount of child care assistance depends on:
- The number of people in the student's household.
- The number of day care hours necessary to cover education and work obligations.
- Income of the applicant and spouse.
- The availability of funding.
- The student's enrollment status
How Much Money Can You Get?
The maximum award amount was $2,800 per eligible child per academic year. However, the maximum award amount was increased to $5,125 for the 2016-2017 aid year. The increase is mandatory for terms that begin on or after January 1, 2017, schools can choose not to award this increase retroactive to past terms. The amount of the award cannot exceed 40 hours of child care per week per eligible child.
In some instances, the maximum award may be increased by 10 percent to compensate for higher market costs for infant care.
What Is the Application Process?
The student should apply to the financial aid office at his or her school.