GSA Child Care Grant
The GSA Child Care Grant is a need-based child care support in the amount of $500 per semester to eligible graduate student applicants in the form of non-qualified scholarships.While these grants do not cover the bulk of child care expenses, they do provide graduate student parents with some financial support to help offset childcare expenses and to enable graduate student parents to pursue their studies. The childcare grant can be used for most child care providers.
Non-qualified scholarships, such as the Child Care Grant, are subject to taxation by the state and federal government. The tax amount will vary by individual.
The GSA Child Care Grant considers one application per family. Students of any citizenship may apply. If you meet the eligibility criteria below, we strongly encourage you to apply. You should still apply even if you already receive child care assistance, such as grants, scholarships, or reduced child care based on income level.
At the time of application Child Care Grant applicants must:
- Have a full-time status as a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon University. Doctoral students with an "In Absentia" status are not eligible.
- Live with at least one dependent child who is not yet eligible for public elementary school due to age requirements, or a child with special needs under the age of eighteen.
- Incur expenses from child care services. Child care services should be either:
- Administered by a provider licensed or accredited in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Department of Education provides a search tool and a rating system known as KeystoneSTARS. You can search for providers here.
- Acquired through a child care provider connection service. Care.com is an example of a child care connection service.
GSA Child Care Grants are available for the Fall and Spring semester. Students must apply separately each semester. Selection to receive the grant does not guarantee that you will receive that grant again in future semesters, nor does it preclude you from receiving it again.
The Application Form can be found here
On the application, there is space to describe your own reason for need, if you choose to disclose that information. Need-based preference is determined within the context of the applications received in every grant cycle.
When to Apply:
- Applications for the Fall semester open September 16 and close October 4
- Applications for the Spring semester open December 30 and close January 31
For students that experience a change in dependent eligibility (e.g., birth, adoption, dependent addition through marriage), applications will be accepted after the deadline on a rolling basis. If you apply after the deadline, we cannot guarantee that you will receive a grant, regardless of your needs: the available grants may have been committed to applicants who applied earlier.
Selected recipients must submit for verification:
- Documentation of Enrollment as a Graduate Student at Carnegie Mellon University
- Printout of enrollment status from SIO: Go to Academic Info ⇒ Enrollment Status <https://s3.andrew.cmu.edu/sio/#grades-enrollmentstatus>
- Documentation of child care
- For example, a recent bill from a licensed child care provider and proof of payment
- Documentation of any other child care support, if applicable
- Copy of support received
Selected recipients must have the required documents verified in order to receive the grant. The selected recipient will receive specific instructions regarding verification. The GSA Executive Committee will notify selected recipients of how to digitally submit the documents necessary for verification. On a case-by-case basis, arrangements can be made to verify the documents in person.Verification of eligibility must occur within seven days of grants being awarded. If eligibility cannot be verified, the grant may be awarded to an alternate recipient. If you are unable to meet this deadline due to a hardship, accommodations will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
All documents submitted for verification purposes will have any personally identifiable information redacted. Demographic information submitted as part of the application will be retained for program improvement purposes.
The GSA Executive Committee reserves the right to request documents that verify that the child(ren) described in the application is indeed a dependent of the applicant. We will only request further documentation from recipients of the grant. For proof of dependent status, you may provide the child’s birth certificate, adoption papers, the child’s passport, the child’s visa documents, tax returns if you have claimed the child as a dependent, etc.