The intent of this Subsidy is to support ASU student parents in obtaining their degree. The Graduate and Professional Student Association and Undergraduate Student Governments fund the program. The Subsidy program includes an evaluation component in order to gather information on usage and effectiveness of the program as well as to summarize attitudes, opinions and experiences of the Subsidy recipients.
Who may apply?
To be eligible for the Sun Devil Child Care Subsidy, you must be:
Enrolled in a degree granting program at ASU.
Undergraduates: Be enrolled for at least 12 credits for the Spring 2017 semester.
Graduates: Be enrolled for at 6 credits and/or 1 credit for doctoral students, for the Spring 2017 semester.
Be the parent(s)/legal guardian of a child(ren) utilizing child care services (including in-home options)
Undergraduates: Demonstrate financial need as established by a 2016-2017 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
Graduates & International: Demonstrate financial need as established by completion of a 2016-2017 FAFSA or a Student Parent Financial Need Form for 2016-2017 (SAR equivalent).
How do I apply for this Subsidy?
REVIEW and retain the two-page information sheet for your reference
COMPLETE this Sun Devil Care Subsidy Application.
SUBMIT Financial Information:
(a) For those who have completed a FAFSA, a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR);
(a) For those who did not complete a FAFSA (including International Students), complete a Student Parent Financial Need Form for 2016-2017 (SAR equivalent)
(b) A copy of your current bank statement (with sensitive information censored) Note: Any student with an FSA ID can view or print his/her SAR by clicking Login on the FAFSA on the Web home page to log in, then selecting View or Print your Student Aid Report (SAR) from the “My FAFSA” page.
IMPORTANT: Please make sure that all documents you submit include your First and Last name in the document name.
What else do I need to know?
Awards are anticipated to be $500 per semester.
Other exceptions/minimum requirements may apply.
In the case where two student parents are applying for a Subsidy for their child(ren), subsidy monies will be awarded to a single individual on behalf of the family.
Students who have been awarded a Subsidy for the Fall 2016 and/or Spring 2017 semesters MAY NOT apply during this application cycle. Awards are anticipated to be $500 for Spring 2017 semester.
Dependent Care and Tax Liability Issues
Child care can be a major expense for student parents and cost could be a reason why student parents who do not utilize child care options available in the community. Please contact a tax advisor to determine if you are eligible for a tax credit. In addition, subsidized monies applied toward child care expenses can be considered “scholarship” income and may be subject to taxation. This information is not intended to serve as tax advice. Please consult a professional tax advisor to identify the full tax implications of program use and to determine the optimal use of dependent care offerings.
How does the Subsidy work?
Funds are disbursed into the Awarded applicant’s Student Account, either as a direct deposit into a student’s bank account or as a check mailed to them.
Responsibilities: a penalty, cancellation or repayment of the Subsidy can result from:
Loss of funding
Student fails to make satisfactory progress towards their degree
Failure to enroll in a minimum of 12 credits for undergraduates or 6 credits for masters students, 1 credit for doctoral students, during the Fall and Spring semesters
Withdrawal from classes OR a significant reduction in classes during a semester
Withdrawal from ASU
Not complying with Subsidy requirements and/or providing inaccurate information.
When is the application due? TBD
What happens next?
Applications are reviewed by the Subsidy Coordinator.
Financial information on each applicant is verified based upon submitted documentation. You may be contacted with further questions.
Applications are scored on financial need and the responses to the Essay questions.
Sun Devil Child Care Selection Committee, comprised of undergraduate and graduate students, reviews and scores the essay portion of the application.
All applicants will be contacted, via the email listed on their application, of the final status of their application.
Students awarded a Subsidy will be sent a Subsidy acceptance form to complete and return. This form includes the Subsidy amount, time periods covered, and their responsibilities as a Subsidy recipient.
All awarded students will be notified when disbursement of their subsidy is expected to occur.