Oregon Student Child Care Grant
The 2014-15 application is now closed and all funds have been awarded. The application for 2015-16 will be open in mid-January, 2015.
Preferences in Awarding:
- Preference #1: Prior year recipients who complete a new application, maintain a
child care provider registered with the Oregon Department of Human Services or registered/certified
with the Child Care Division of the Oregon Department of Employment, and submit
copies of transcripts and proof of child care expenses.
- Preference #2: New applicants who demonstrate financial need and are closest
to completing their academic goals.
The Oregon Student Child Care Grant Program was established to assist parents enrolled
in post-secondary education obtain safe, dependable care that supports their children’s
development while allowing completion of the parent’s academic programs.
To receive financial aid from this program an applicant must:
- Be an Oregon resident with a child or legal dependent age 12 and under in need of
child care, or, if over age 12, who satisfies the requirements of special needs;
- Be a citizen or eligible non-citizen of the United States;
- Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as an undergraduate at an Oregon postsecondary
institution (Oregon postsecondary institutions include Oregon
community colleges, public universities, and private universities. There are
some for-profit postsecondary institutions which have campuses in Oregon but are
owned by corporations based outside of Oregon. Enrollment at those non-Oregon
based institutions disqualifies applicants from receiving the Oregon Student Child
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress; and
- Not be in default on any federal Title IV loan or owing a refund on federal Title
IV funds previously disbursed.
Priority in Awarding:
Among applicants who meet the eligibility criteria of this program, priority in
the selection process shall be given in the following rank order:
- A prior recipient of benefits of the Student Child Care Grant who maintains satisfactory
academic progress as defined by this program, who has continuing financial need,
continues use of a provider who meets registration requirements, and who has not
exhausted maximum award eligibility.
- New applicants will be awarded based on the following criteria:
- Financial need.
- Students’ credits earned toward a Certificate, Associates Degree, or first
- Use of childcare providers who are listed with the Oregon Department of Human Services,
or, registered or certified with the Oregon Child Care Division.
- Students enrolled full-time.
- Students enrolled half-time if awarded, you must enroll with sufficient hours to
earn 36 credit hours (24 at semester schools) per academic year.
- The Child Care Grant application process for the 2014-15 season is now closed.
The deadline for submission of the application was 5/31/2014
- The application process for the 2015-16 academic year will open January 15, 2015.
Grant payments for student child care for eligible recipients will be disbursed
on a term/semester basis provided the student maintains satisfactory academic progress
and continues to have a child who qualifies under the rules of the program. Disbursement
is made directly to the post-secondary institution, not to the recipient or their
childcare provider. It is the student’s responsibility to pay their
child care provider.
Maximum Term of Award:
- Students in an academic program must be enrolled at least half-time and are required
to complete at least 36-quarter hours for credit, or the equivalent in semester
hours, on a yearly basis. Summer semester/quarter is not counted toward the credit hour requirement as this grant is not disbursed during the summer.
- Participation in the award is limited to a total of six years.
Renewal of Award:
Awards made under this program are renewable provided that:
- The awardee continues to be enrolled in an approved program at an eligible institution;
- The awardee is making satisfactory academic progress, as defined by the institution;
- The awardee completes at least 36-quarter or 24-semester hours for credit during the nine month period of fall/winter/spring quarters/semesters;
- The awardee arranges for the Commission to receive a transcript of the academic
work completed in the prior year of award; and
- Each awardee’s child used to determine eligibility must continue to qualify
under the rules of the program.
- The awardee's child care provider remains registered with the Oregon Department
of Human Services or registered/certified with the Child Care Division of the Oregon
Department of Employment.
For more information, contact:
You may refer to the Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) for the Oregon Student Child
Care Grant Program, number 575-095, at the following link: http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/pages/rules/oars_500/oar_575/575_tofc.html