Minnesota Postsecondary Child Care Grant

The Postsecondary Child Care Grant Program helps low-income students who have young children pay for child care while the student attends classes. The maximum available to a full-time student is $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. To be eligible you must meet the following criteria.

  • Be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizen.
  • Be Minnesota residents.
  • Be enrolled for at least six credits per term.
  • Not have completed four years of postsecondary education. Students who have withdrawn for active military service after December 31, 2002 are given an extra term of eligibility.
  • Not have defaulted on a student loan.
  • Have a child 12 years old or younger (or 14 or younger if the child is handicapped)
  • Have a family size and income qualify for the program
  • 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.

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.

The amount of child care assistance depends on:

  • The number of people in the student's household.
  • The number of day care hours necessary to cover education and work obligations.
  • Income of the applicant and spouse.
  • The availability of funding.
  • The student's enrollment status