Child Care Assistance

Spring Application, Apply Now

Deadline to apply is Friday, January 3rd!

What is the Child Care Assistance Fund?

The Child Care Assistance Fund provides eligible fee paying undergraduate student parents with tuition assistance for child care (including full day or part day Pre-K, and after school care for children enrolled in K-6 programs). Funding is available for the fall and spring academic terms as well as the summer.  Students enrolled in summer internships/school sponsored work experiences or research programs may also qualify for assistance.

Graduate students seeking child care assistance, should visit Purdue’s Graduate Student Government page for their application.

Any enrolled fee paying undergraduate student parent may apply, provided that the student is financial aid eligible. Additionally, Child Care Assistance Fund applicants will also be directed to the State of Indiana’s Child Care and Development Fund Child Care Voucher Program since CCDF funding may be a better choice for child care tuition assistance for families.

 Who must provide the care?

Either a licensed child care facility or a registered private home provider must provide care.

Can any enrolled undergraduate parent apply?

Yes. Any fee-paying undergraduate parent with demonstrated financial need may apply, provided that they are carrying 6 or more academic credits per term at Purdue West Lafayette or Purdue Polytechnic Lafayette.

Is there a timeline?


Students applying for Fall funding for the period August – December must apply by September 15. Late applications may be accepted if funding is available.

Students applying for Spring funding for the period January – May  should apply by January 15. Late applications may be accepted if funding is available.

Students applying for Summer funding for the period June – August  must apply by May 15. Late applications may be accepted if funding is available. ***Students completing an internship or research experience during the summer term must provide a summer employment schedule including place of employment and/or confirmation of campus activity.

Must the family have a childcare or after school care provider selected when applying?

Yes. If the family does not have a current provider, listings of local providers may be accessed through Purdue Family Friendly site, or by going directly to the Carefinder Home Page.

 How is the program funded?

The program is funded by generous individual donations to Span Plan and in large part by the Purdue Women’s Club and the Big Give grant awarded by the Purdue University Parent & Family Advisory Board.

How is the level of tuition assistance determined?

Awards are based on available funding, and families with the greatest need are given priority. Anticipated awards will be $500 – $1,000. Therefore you MUST have a current and complete FAFSA on file to be considered for assistance.

How are the awards paid?

Notification award letters will be mailed to applicants. Award letters will include a Semester Child Care Estimate for your provider. It is the student parent’s responsibility to insure the provider receives the Semester Child Care Estimate in a timely manner. Award payments will be processed upon receipt of Semester Child Care Estimate greater than or equal to the award commitment.

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