Child Care Financial Assistance

Child Care Financial Assistance


Sun Devil Child Care Subsidy:


The intent of this Subsidy is to help ASU student parents with their coursework-related child care costs. The Graduate and Professional Student Association and Undergraduate Student Governments fund the program.

Who may apply?

To be eligible for the Sun Devil Child Care Subsidy, you must be:

  • Enrolled in a degree granting program at ASU.
  • Undergraduates: Be enrolled for at least 12 credits per semester.
  • Graduates: Be enrolled for at least 6 credits and/or 1 credit for doctoral students per semester.
  • Be the parent(s)/legal guardian of a child(ren), ages 0 – 12 years of age, utilizing child care services
  • Demonstrate financial need through documentation and responses to essay questions
  • Spouse or partner is employed and/or enrolled in school

If I have not yet selected a child care provider, can I submit my application without this information?

Yes, you may submit your application, however, your application will be flagged as incomplete. If you need assistance finding child care please contact the Subsidy coordinator.

Are there restrictions on what child care provider I may use?

Applicants must use the following options:

  • A licensed child care center and/or before and after school program.
  • Paying an individual to provide child care in a home other than the student parents
  • Individuals (non-parent) providing paid child care in a student’s home.

IMPORTANT: The subsidy cannot be used to pay a parent for the care of their child.

How do I apply for this Subsidy?

COMPLETE the Sun Devil Care Subsidy Application (see the link at the bottom of this page) and attach financial Information.

For those who have completed a FAFSA, submit your complete (5 page) Student Aid Report (SAR) with your application. Any student with an FSA ID can view or print his/her SAR by clicking Login on the FAFSA on the Web home page to log in, then selecting View or Print your Student Aid Report (SAR) from the “My FAFSA” page.

International Students and all others who did not complete a FAFSA, must complete and attach to the online application, the following:

  • The result of the Financial Aid & Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Calculator, found here.
  • A copy of your current bank statement(s), with sensitive information censored.

If awarded, how much funding can I expect to receive?

Award amounts are $500/$700/$1,000 per semester.

Important Dates:*

Fall 2019 & Spring 2020 - All Applicants
Application Opens: July 1, 2019

Application Deadline: August 2, 2019  at Noon, AZ time
Applicants Notified: August 7 or August 30, 2019
Acceptance/Child Care Provider Forms Due:  August 14 or September 6 at Noon, AZ time
Award Disbursement begins on or before August 21 or September 20, 2019

* Dates subject to change

What else do I need to know?

  • Availability of the Subsidy is contingent upon available funding.

  • The Subsidy requires all students to reapply each year.

  • The Subsidy is not available for Summer school.
  • In the case where two student parents are applying for a Subsidy for their child (ren), subsidy monies will be awarded to a single individual on behalf of the family.
  • Recipient Responsibilities: a penalty, cancellation or repayment of the Subsidy can result from:
    • A student fails to make satisfactory progress towards their degree; fails to enroll in a minimum of 12 credits for undergraduates or 6 credits for masters students, 1 credit for doctoral students, during the Fall and Spring semesters; withdrawal from classes OR a significant reduction in classes during a semester; withdrawal from ASU; not complying with Subsidy requirements and/or providing inaccurate information.

What happens next?

  • All applicants will be contacted, via the email listed on their application, to confirm receipt of their application as well as the final status of their application.
  • Students awarded a Subsidy will be sent an email and Acceptance Form, that includes the Subsidy amount, time periods covered, and their responsibilities as a Subsidy recipient. This form also asks for information about your child care provider(s). No awards will be processed until all completed forms are received.
  • All awarded students will be notified when disbursement of their subsidy is expected to occur. Funds are disbursed into the Awarded applicant’s Student Account, either as a direct deposit into a student’s bank account or as a check mailed to them. Funds are disbursed by the semester. ASU needs to verify student status which cannot occur until after the last drop deadline.
  • Survey: Towards the end of the semester, all recipients will be sent a survey in order to gather information on usage and effectiveness of the program as well as to summarize attitudes, opinions and experiences of the Subsidy recipients.

Direct your questions to: Subsidy Coordinator or call 480-965-9723

Child Care Subsidy Application