Higher Education Child Care Subsidy for Education and Nursing Majors

Purpose:

The purpose of the Higher Education Child Care Subsidy for Education and Nursing Majors is to provide child care subsidies for a student-parent/guardian who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Nursing, Early Childhood Education or K-12 Education. This 3-year pilot program is funded by Arizona’s Department of Economic Security (ADES).

Who may apply?

To be eligible for this Subsidy, you must be:

  • Enrolled in a nursing or teacher education program at ASU.
  • Undergraduate student, enrolled for at least 12 credits per semester.
  • Parent(s)/legal guardian of a child(ren), ages 6 weeks – 12 years of age
  • Utilize child care services with a state of Arizona licensed child care center or DES certified child care program**
  • Single or with a spouse or partner who is employed and/or enrolled in school
  • U.S. Citizen or legal resident
  • 2021 Adjusted Gross Income must be at or below 165% of the Federal Poverty Level:

    Household Family Size Income
    2 $28,743.00
    3 $36,234.00
    4 $43,725.00
    5 $51,216.00
    6 $58,707.00
    7 $66,198.00
    8 $73,689.00

**If you need help finding a provider, call 1-800-308-9000 or visit www.azchildcare.org.

Priority will be given to:

Education majors who are student teaching or professional experience

Nursing majors who are participating in their clinicals

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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, if awarded, your provider will need to submit documentation. If you need assistance finding child care please call 1-800-308-9000 or visit www.azchildcare.org.

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

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

Yes. Applicants must use a licensed child care center or DES certified child care program.

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

How do I apply for this Subsidy?

How do I apply for this Subsidy?

COMPLETE the Higher Education Child Care Subsidy for Education and Nursing Majors application via the My ASU Scholarship Portal.

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

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

Award amounts are $500/$700/$1,000 per month, not to exceed nine months of the academic year.

Is there a deadline? *

Is there a deadline? *

This is an open/rolling application

*Subject to change

What else do I need to know?

What else do I need to know?

Availability of the Subsidy is contingent upon available funding.

The Subsidy MAY not be 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.

Financial Aid awards are capped at Standard Cost of Attendance. In some cases, acceptance of the Higher Education Child Care Subsidy for Education and Nursing Majors award may cause changes to your eligibility for other federal and institutional aid programs. If you’ve already accepted aid (including loans) up to your calculated Cost of Attendance, you may need to submit a Student Budget Review to Financial Aid and Scholarship Services to have your child care expenses considered.

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 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; and failure to pay all fees charged by your child care provider(s).

What happens next?

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 notified by email and provided with documents to complete and return, including a Child Care Enrollment Verification, Acceptance Form and Attendance Record. The email will include Subsidy amount, time periods covered. Applicant’s child care provider(s) must complete the Enrollment Verification document. No awards will be processed until all completed forms are received.

Verification of your child(ren’s) attendance at their child care program will be required monthly.

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: Maureen.Duane@asu.edu