Program Description and Appropriations History
The Child Care Grant program provides financial assistance to students who have children 12 and under, are not receiving assistance under the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP), and who demonstrate financial need for grants, to help pay for child care while pursuing a postsecondary education.
Funds are allocated to eligible postsecondary institutions based on the number of students who report children on the financial aid application. Eligible institutions include all public colleges and universities, private baccalaureate degree-granting institutions and non-profit vocational technical schools granting associate degrees.
*Extended eligibility does not apply to 5-year undergraduate programs or post-baccalaureate certificate programs.
The award is based upon the income of the applicant and spouse, the number in the applicant's family, the number of eligible children within the family who need child care, and the applicant's level of enrollment.
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. The institution may increase the amount shown on the maximum award chart by 10 percent for infant care in certain counties.
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