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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 is $5,500 per eligible child per academic year. 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.