Assistance with Child Care Expenses

The University offers several child care subsidy programs to eligible students. We can help you navigate which subsidy or subsidies to apply for.

SPP child care subsidies:

Student Parent Programs awards funding for child care expenses through our Undergraduate Student Child-Care Subsidy (USCS) and our Child Care Access Means Parents In School (CCAMPIS) Program. Both subsidies provide financial support to student parents to help defray the cost of child care expenses. Eligibility for both awards is limited to student parents with documented financial need (as determined by Financial Aid Services.) Child care expenses for both subsidies can include daycare, pre-k, and before and after school programs through eligible providers. 

The USCS subsidy is awarded to undergraduate students only. The subsidy is awarded directly to a student's bursar account as a reimbursement for documented eligible expenses. This subsidy is not available to UWW students. 

The CCAMPIS subsidy provides funding for eligible child care expenses to undergraduate (including UWW students) and graduate students and provides targeted resources and advisement to participants while they complete their degrees. Funding through CCAMPIS is paid directly to child care providers and may continue with students as they progress in their degree(s).

To qualify for the SPP child care subsidies, student parents must meet three basic criteria:

1.    Be actively enrolled at UMass Amherst on a part-time or full-time basis
2.    Meet the income eligibility criteria for program participants – similar to Pell grant income eligibility, determined by Financial Aid Services
3.    Utilize a child care provider or facility that is licensed and nationally accredited or one that is actively pursuing this accreditation

SPP subsidy information:

The amounts listed are maximum subsidy amounts and are determined based on applicant demonstrated need and funds available within the program. Adjustments may be made if a student is receiving outside childcare funding or if their actual childcare costs are lower than the amounts listed below. 

For students who are full-time and high need (determined by Financial Aid Services):

  • For families with one child in eligible paid care: up to $7000/year/family
  • For families with two or more children in any type of eligible paid care: up to $8000/year/family
  • For families with two or more children in eligible daycare: up to $9000/year/family

For students who are part-time and high need (determined by Financial Aid Services):

  • For families with one child in eligible paid care: up to $3500/year/family
  • For families with two or more children in any type of eligible paid care: up to $4000/year/family
  • For families with two or more children in eligible daycare: up to $4500/year/family

Email studentparent@umass.edu for information about applying for SPP child care subsidies

Other child care subsidies for graduate student parents:

Graduate Student Senate (GSS) Childcare Tuition Assistance  

All graduate students may apply for childcare tuition assistance through GSS. See here for complete details about the process. The application form is online on Campus Pulse, you will need to sign in using your UMass NetID and password to submit an application. The deadline for applying for the Spring semester is February 20th, 2019. See the distribution policy for details about eligibility. Please contact GSS with any questions gss-vice@grad.umass.edu. If you are a GEO member, you may apply for funding from both GSS and GEO. For the most up to date information please contact GSS directly.

Graduate Employee Organization (GEO) 

Only graduate students who are GEO members are eligible. If you are a GEO member, you may apply for funds from both GEO and GSS. When you visit the Enrollment Portal, there will be an option to sign up for "Childcare Reimbursement." Then, you submit documentation at the end of each semester and receive compensation depending on the level of need. Summer assistance is also available, and you can submit receipts from June-August 2018 now through 9/15/2018. Eligible childcare receipts must be for state-licensed (or equivalent) infant, toddler or preschool care, or after-school care and summer camp care for a school-aged dependent. For the most up to date information and to answer any questions please contact geo@external.umass.edu.

Resources for students seeking other financial assistance

Dean of Students Office

The Dean of Students Office connects UMass students to the support, resources, and referrals they need to be successful, acts as a single point of contact for families in crisis, and advocates on behalf of students. Visit the single stop resource page for assistance with housing, food insecurity, finances, legal questions, employment, and more. They also offer a Short Term Loan Program and an Undergraduate Student Emergency Grant Fund intended to assist students in unexpected, emergency situations. Their friendly staff are available to help answer questions at (413) 545-2684.

Student Care Supply Closets 

Student Care Supply Closets are located at several offices on campus (Off Campus Student Center, CMASS, Dean of Students Office, or Student Veterans Resource Center). They provide toiletries and household items for students facing food and financial insecurity. Stop by a location today and take home the toiletries and household items you need this month to help meet your basic needs. Ask for diaper-related supplies and formula at the Student Care Supply Closet in the Off Campus Student Center.

UMASS Student Food Pantry 

The UMass Student Food Pantry is student run and open and available to all undergraduate and graduate students..The mission of the Student Food Pantry is to reduce food insecurity in the UMass Amherst community by providing free, nonperishable items to those in need. They are open to all, five days a week (Mon-Thurs, 4-7pm and Friday, 10-2pm) and offer graduate student only hours on Fridays from 4-7pm.