Minnesota Child Care Grant

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Minnesota Office of Higher Education

Number of Awards & Eligibility: The number of awards offered varies annually. In the 2012-2013 academic year (the most recent year for which data is available), there were 2,666 awards disbursed.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for U.S. students.
  2. Must be a resident of Minnesota.
  3. Must have a child 12 years of age or younger, or 14 years of age or younger with a disability, needing child care service on a regular basis.
  4. Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  5. Must not have completed four years of postsecondary education. Students who have withdrawn for active military service after Dec. 31, 2002, are given an extra term of eligibility.
  6. Must be enrolled at least half-time, taking at least six credits per quarter, semester, or the equivalent.
  7. Must be enrolled at a Minnesota postsecondary institution that is eligible to participate in the Postsecondary Child Care Grant program. Eligible institutions are all public postsecondary schools and private, baccalaureate degree granting colleges and universities located in Minnesota, or nonprofit, two-year vocational schools granting associate degrees.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: This award is for Minnesota resident students who have a child 12 years old or younger and are attending or planning to attend a Minnesota public or private postsecondary institution. The student must demonstrate financial need and cannot have completed four years of postsecondary education.

Application requirements for the Minnesota Child Care Grant are:

  • Application form
Additional Information: The Postsecondary Child Care Grant Program helps low income students who have young children pay for child care while the student attends classes. The amount of child care assistance is based on: the number of people in the student's household; the number of day care hours necessary to cover education and work obligations; the income of the applicant and his/her spouse; the availability of funding; and the student's enrollment status. The student must not be receiving assistance from the Minnesota Family Investment Program (MFIP). Individuals receiving MFIP at this time should contact their County Social Office of Higher Education to get additional information about child care assistance. Students cannot have defaulted on a student loan.

Award Amount: Up to $2,800 for each eligible child per academic year. Assistance may cover up to 40 hours of child care per week for each eligible child. In some instances, the maximum award may be increased by 10 percent to compensate for higher market costs for infant care. Recipients are eligible to receive assistance for up to eight full-time semesters or twelve full-time quarters of postsecondary education or until the completion of a baccalaureate degree, whichever occurs first. Recipients must maintain continued enrollment and re-apply each year.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $2,074.

About Minnesota Office of Higher Education:
Contact Information: Karen Buehre, Administrative Assistant
Address: 1450 Energy Park Drive, Suite 350 Saint Paul, Minnesota 55108-5227

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