The Postsecondary Child Care Grant Program helps low income students who have young children pay for child care while the student attends classes.
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:
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.
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.
The amount of child care assistance depends on:
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.
The student should apply to the financial aid office at his or her school.