Patty Jischke “Kids are the Future” endowment
We are no longer accepting applications for the academic year 2013-14.
Frequently Asked Questions
Eligibility and Applications
- Who is eligible?
The endowment was created to make quality care more affordable on the Purdue campus for faculty, staff and graduate students. Faculty, staff and graduate students must have a child currently enrolled in a Purdue Center which includes Children's Choice at the Patty Jischke Early Care and Education Center, the Ben and Maxine Child Development Laboratory School and the Purdue Village Preschool.
To be eligible, the family’s gross income must meet the income guidelines, demonstrated through prior year’s tax receipts and pay information. Additionally, the applicant must be a single parent or have a spouse/same-sex domestic partner who is either:
- A graduate student, enrolled full-time or part-time at an accredited institution; or
- Employed at least half-time (minimum of 20 hours per week); or
- Disabled (disability must be certified by a doctor or clinic)
- Do I have to be currently enrolled? What if I'm on the waiting list?
Only those who are enrolled or have been guaranteed enrollment by the Center director can apply. If you are on the waiting list but have not received notification of availability you cannot apply. Once you have a slot you can be considered for the next award period.
- Is there a salary requirement?
Based on previous applicants and awardees we recommend those with a combined family income <$44,000 apply. If you currently have a combined family salary above this amount but feel strongly about your financial situation you can still complete an application.
- Does the scholarship cover all my costs?
The scholarship may cover anywhere from ten to fifty percent of your child care costs for up to one year the child(ren) is enrolled. The amount is determined by financial need and funding availability. The amount may be discounted if you are receiving a graduate scholarship or state assistance.
- Does it only apply to one child?
No, you can apply for the scholarship for all children you have currently enrolled in an eligible Purdue child care center.
- How often can I apply?
There is no limit to the amount of times you can apply even if you have previously received an award.
- When is the award period?
The award period is for up to one year your child is in care. For example, if your child will only be in care for ten months because they will not use care in the summer then that information is required on the application and the award is adjusted for the period the child will be enrolled.
- When can I apply?
Applications are now being accepted through 5:00 p.m. EST July 26, 2013.
- Where do I turn in my application?
Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on July 26, 2013. Applicants may drop off their application at FREH to attention Mindy Paulet, VPHR or:
Human Resource Services
401 S. Grant Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907
- How do I determine my estimated expenses?
Please meet with your Center director to estimate expenses. They will speak to you about the length of time you expect your child(ren) to be enrolled in the Center and include the expenses on your application. Your director’s signature is required on the application.
Recipients and Notification
- How are scholarship recipients determined?
For Purdue employees, and graduate students ineligible to complete a FAFSA application, annual combined family income is used to determine financial need as reported on your 1040. Financial need is generally calculated as follows: cost of tuition for one child minus expected family contribution (up to 19% of gross family income for one child and up to 32% of gross family income for two children) equals demonstrated financial need. This calculation is an estimate only and not a guaranteed amount. For graduate students, financial need is determined through your FAFSA application. A review of financial need, size of family and statement of personal circumstances is used to determine percent and eligibility of scholarship.
- How will I receive the award funds?
If you are selected, the funds are transferred to your participating Center. Your Center provider is responsible for adjusting your rate based on their regular collection of pay schedule.
- When will I be notified?
Every effort will be made to notify applicants by August 2, 2013.
- When will I receive the funds?
You will be notified by email, unless otherwise requested if you are a scholarship recipient. Scholarship amount will apply to your payment schedule starting the week of August 12, 2013.
- How are taxes withheld?
Purdue employees will have the scholarship amount reported as income on their regular pay schedule according to the length of time the child is expected to be enrolled in the Center during the award period.
- What happens if I receive an award and decide to move, change centers or withdraw for any reason?
You must notify your director of your decision to withdraw or move your child. At that time the director will notify Human Resources and the remaining scholarship amount is returned to the endowment for future applicants. Scholarships are not transferrable if you choose to move from one Purdue center to another.
- Why do graduate students have to complete a FAFSA?
For consideration, a graduate student parent must have completed or complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to determine financial need. It is required for all students seeking federal student grants, work-study programs and loans. The FAFSA may also qualify you for state-sponsored financial aid. If you have not already applied for the 2012/13 academic year please visit http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/. The division of financial aid will confirm all FAFSA applicants and report financial need.
- Who is eligible for the FAFSA?
To apply for FAFSA you must be a United States citizen or eligible noncitizen of the United States with a valid Social Security Number (SSN). Generally, you are an eligible noncitizen if you are (1) a permanent U.S. resident with a Permanent Resident Card (I-551); (2) a conditional permanent resident with a Conditional Green Card (I-551C); (3) the holder of an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from the Department of Homeland Security showing any one of the following designations: "Refugee," "Asylum Granted," "Parolee" (I-94 confirms that you were paroled for a minimum of one year and status has not expired), T-Visa holder (T-1, T-2, T-3, etc.) or "Cuban-Haitian Entrant;" or (4) the holder of a valid certification or eligibility letter from the Department of Health and Human Services showing a designation of "Victim of human trafficking."
- What if I am not eligible to complete FAFSA?
If you do not meet the eligibility requirements for FAFSA you must submit a copy of your 1040 from 2011 or equivalent financial statement verifying combined family income.
- How do I know if I qualify for state assistance?
Some applicants may qualify for state assistance outside of this scholarship. The Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program provides financial assistance for families who are working or enrolled in school. To see if you are eligible for state assistance or to apply for the CCDF voucher program, you must contact your local intake agent. Visit http://www.in.gov/fssa/carefinder/3900.htm to find out more. To see if you would qualify based on your income visit http://www.in.gov/fssa/files/BCC_CCDF_Income_Eligibility_and_Fee_Schedule.pdf. Income amount reflects gross monthly income