Sponsored by Washington University in St. Louis, the purpose of the Child Day Care Subsidy is to help financially stressed graduate student families meet the costs of child day care tuition at licensed facilities while they pursue PhD degrees.
The amount of Child Day Care Subsidy awarded to eligible applicants is based on their financial need, the number of children they have enrolled in licensed child day care facilities, their child day care expenses, and available funding. The maximum amount of subsidy you can receive is:
- for one child, the maximum award is $1,750 per semester
- for two children, the maximum award is $2,650 per semester
- for three or more children, the maximum award is $3,550 per semester
The subsidy amount cannot exceed the cost of your licensed child day care.
Criteria for Eligibility
To be considered for the Child Day Care Subsidy, a student must meet ALL the listed criteria:
Be enrolled full time in a Washington University PhD degree program at the start of the award period
- Be the parent of a child five years old or younger, or a child with special needs under the age of 19
- Incur child day care tuition expenses from services provided by a licensed provider
- Apply for scholarships and aid at your chosen, licensed provider before applying for the Washington University child day care subsidy
- Provide proof of any aid awarded by a licensed provider
- Be making satisfactory academic progress, as defined by Washington University
- Utilize child day care services because you are a single student, or if married or have a partner, because your spouse or partner is either a student (enrolled full time in an undergraduate or graduate degree program) or employed outside the home for a minimum of 20 hours per week. You may be asked to document your spouse's or partner's employment of student status