Undergraduate Child Care Assistance Fund

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.

Any enrolled fee-paying undergraduate student parent may apply, provided that the student is financial aid-eligible. 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 six or more academic credits per term at Purdue West Lafayette or Purdue Polytechnic Lafayette.

Is there a timeline?


Students applying for Fall 2017 funding for the period Sept. 1-Dec. 31, 2017, must apply by Aug. 21, 2017. Late applications may be accepted if funding is available.

Students applying for Spring 2018 funding for the period Jan. 1-May 31, 2018, should apply by Jan. 19, 2018. Late applications may be accepted if funding is available.

Students applying for Summer 2018 funding for the period June 1-Aug. 15, 2018 must apply by June 8, 2018. Late applications may be accepted if funding is available. ***Summer applicants must provide a summer employment schedule including place of employment and/or anticipated class schedule.

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

No. If the family does not have a provider, they must secure a provider by the end of the add/drop period. 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.

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 FAFSA on file to be considered for assistance.

What factors are considered in a family’s financial need profile?

A family’s financial need profile includes such factors as the number of credits enrolled, the total family income (taxable and non-taxable) as well as family size and any special needs.

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 ensure 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.

Child Care Tuition Assistance Application Link

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