Child Care Grant

The Child Care Funding program provides financial assistance for parents returning to school.

Students in University Transfer, associate degree and diploma programs may apply. They must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the current academic year and must be eligible to receive the Pell Grant. Online-only students are not eligible for the program.

Funding is limited, and the program provides assistance for only eight to 12 students per year. Students with the greatest need will be served first. Eligibility criteria will be strictly enforced and may change without notice.  

Application: FAFSA and Child Care Grant application

Deadline: June 1, 2022

Offer: Up to $650 per month

Eligibility requirements:*

  • Single parent
  • Homemaker (married) returning to school
  • Demonstrated financial need and income eligible according to the guidelines below:
Family size
Total family monthly income
Maximum annual income

*These eligibility standards are adopted from the Child Care Services Income Eligibility Standards of Wake County Human Services.

Students also must meet the following requirements:

  • Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better and a cumulative completion ratio of 67% or better
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the academic year and be eligible to receive the Pell Grant
  • Be enrolled in a College/University Transfer, associate degree or diploma program
  • Schedule an exit interview with the Child Care Funding coordinator when dropping a course or withdrawing from school
  • Report changes to name, address or phone number to the Child Care Funding coordinator within five days
  • Notify the Child Care Funding coordinator if a child is absent for more than five days
  • Submit monthly attendance sheets documenting regular class attendance
  • Report for mid-semester and end-of-semester reviews

To apply for the Child Care Funding program, download the application and submit requested documentation.

Failure to comply with this agreement will lead to termination from the Child Care Funding program.