Many community college students juggle various personal responsibilities along with their academic requirements. Specifically, many community college students have young children and families to care for and support. Recognizing the importance of family and the lack of quality, affordable childcare in some cities, community colleges are implementing programs to offer support for their student-parents.
Community Colleges and Financial Support
Many state and local governments provide student-parents with financial aid, grants, and support, depending upon each student’s needs and family dynamic. For example, students at Wake Tech Community College
can apply for the Childcare Grant
. To be eligible, student-parents must demonstrate high financial need and be able to qualify for the federal Pell Grant. Additionally, they must be a single parent or a stay-at-home parent who is returning to school.
If awarded the grant, the student-parent will receive $650 per month to pay for childcare services. To maintain eligibility, student-parents must adhere to the following regulations:
- Maintain at least a 2.0 GPA.
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and be eligible for the Pell Grant.
- Must be enrolled in a degree, diploma, or transfer credit program.
- Submit monthly attendance sheets documenting class attendance.
By following these guidelines, students can focus on their coursework and not have to worry about the financial strain of paying for childcare.
Am I Eligible for the Childcare Grant?
As Wake Tech explains, “Funds for the Childcare Grant are limited and eligibility standards will be strictly observed. Students with the greatest need will . . . read more