Span Plan Nontraditional Student Services

Child Care Assistance

The Child Care Assistance Scholarship provides undergraduate Span Plan parenting students with tuition assistance for childcare while they are enrolled through the West Lafayette campus. Childcare may include:

  • Full or part-time childcare at the licensed facility of their choice.
  • Full or part-day Pre-K programs
  • Before and after school care for children enrolled in K-6 programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Who must provie the care?

Either a licensed child care facility or a registered private home provider must provide care. Family members providing care are not an eligible provider.

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. Degree seeking students are given priority.

Is there a timeline

Yes. Scholarships are offered for each of the fall, spring and summer terms. Scholarship applications typically are made available two weeks prior to the beginning of the semester.

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. Our scholarship funds are limited and do not typically cover the costs associated with an entire semester of expenses. Please do not make a commitment to a child care program due to this scholarship.

Carefinder Home Page

Child Care FAQ

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.

Purdue Family Friendly Purdue Women's Club Support This Iniative
How is the level of tuition assistance determined?

Scholarships 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?

Scholarships are paid through the Division of Financial Aid. If you have not already done so at the time of application, we encourage you to complete a budget adjustment with that office for your childcare costs. Details can be found below.

Budget Adjustments