The University of Michigan offers the Child Care Subsidy to students to assist with the cost of State of Michigan licensed child care of their young, dependent children.
Who May ApplyTop
To be eligible for consideration for the child care subsidy, students must:
- Be enrolled at least half-time in a University of Michigan-Ann Arbor degree program at the undergraduate, graduate, or professional level, or be enrolled in a non-degree program with a defined educational objective. Please note:
- Students who are not in a degree program must complete a Non-candidate for Degree Questionnaire (see application section below).
- Graduate students with an official Detached Study or Non-Enrolled Degree Required status approved by their department and the Registrar will satisfy the half-time enrollment requirement.
- Graduate students appointed as graduate student instructors or graduate student staff assistants should also review the child care subsidy provisions of the GEO contract.
- For licensed care, have a dependent child(ren) who is 12 years old or younger or dependent child(ren) who have special needs and are under the age of 19.
- Incur child care expenses from a child care provider licensed by the State of Michigan.
- You may apply for the child care subsidy for licensed care providers even if you are not using a licensed provider at the time of application. However, if you are awarded a subsidy for licensed care while not using a licensed care provider, you must change to a licensed provider and use that provider's services for at least 75% of each term that you receive the subsidy.
- Demonstrate financial need for this subsidy (see information on eligibility, below).
- Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress as defined by the University of Michigan.
- Have no partner/spouse, or have a partner/spouse who is a student (enrolled at least half-time in an undergraduate or graduate degree program) or is gainfully employed and earning income for a minimum of 20 hours per week. (A combination of school and work for 20 hours per week will be considered.)
U-M will make an exception to employment criteria for a non-student partner/spouse who cannot work due to a disability. Please note this on your application so your situation may be considered during review. You may be asked to document your partner/spouse's employment or student status. Read an explanation of why the university requires spouses to be in school or employed. Read an explanation of why the university requires partners/spouses to be in school or employed.
Note: If you do not meet eligibility criteria for the Child Care Subsidy Program but believe you have an extenuating circumstance, please contact us and offer details.
How to ApplyTop
- Complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) (U.S. citizens and permanent residents only). International students should not complete the FAFSA but should see Step 2c below. If you have already submitted this year’s FAFSA to apply for financial aid, do NOT submit it again.
- Submit the Child Care Subsidy Application for the term you wish to apply for (found in the "Subsidy Applications and Related Forms" section below).
a. If you received the subsidy for fall/winter terms and want it for spring/summer, you must submit a new application.
b. International students only: Beginning with the spring/summer 2023 term, the Child Care Subsidy Application will ask you to provide financial information about you (and your spouse) in lieu of the FAFSA. Please be prepared to provide your income and asset information at the time of application.
When to ApplyTop
Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as applicants will be funded on a first-come, firstserved basis. The application for this term is typically made available in May, and notifications will be sent to eligible applicants in mid-July. Funding may be limited – should funding be exhausted, the application will be removed from our website.
Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as applicants will be funded on a first-come, firstserved basis. The application for this term is typically made available in February. Notifications will be sent to eligible applicants in mid-April and only once students are enrolled for the term. Funding may be limited – should funding be exhausted, the application will be removed from our website.
How Much is The Subsidy?Top
The amount of Child Care Subsidy awarded to eligible applicants is based on applicants' financial need, the number of children they have enrolled in licensed child care facilities, their child care expenses, and available funding. Applicants will be notified in writing of their eligibility for the subsidy and the amount they will receive. The subsidy amount cannot exceed the cost of your licensed child care.
- For one child, the maximum is $3,430 per term
- For two children, the maximum is $5,029 per term
- For three or more children, award maximum is $6,631
How Eligibility For The Subsidy is DeterminedTop
You must demonstrate financial need to be eligible for the Child Care Subsidy program. Financial need is calculated as follows:
Estimated Cost of Attendance
– Expected Family Contribution/Available Resources
= Demonstrated Financial Need
Estimated Cost of Attendance
This estimated amount includes tuition, fees, an allowance for books and supplies, a reasonable allowance for living expenses, and child care expenses as reported on the Child Care Subsidy Application.
Expected Family Contribution/Available Resources
The Office of Financial Aid calculates your expected family contribution based on your Child Care Subsidy Application and the FAFSA or International Student Financial Data. The calculation is based on such items as your earnings; checking, savings, cash, and money market accounts; investments and real estate holdings other than your family's primary residence; business equity; untaxed income; income from assistantships; and other financial aid you are receiving through your academic department and the Office of Financial Aid.
Receiving Your Subsidy FundsTop
Funds are disbursed through the University Payroll System in the form of a check payable to you or, if you have authorized direct deposit, funds will be deposited to your bank account. For information about direct deposit, (see the Direct Deposit section from the Student Business page of Wolverine Access).
We will need to verify your expenses and your child care provider's licensure information prior to payment.
Free Access to Care.com
Through an agreement with Care.com, university faculty, staff and students can access a network of caregivers in their area. The service includes caregivers for children (including tutors), adults, seniors, pets and more.
The monthly membership fee is covered but employees and students will be responsible for the cost of the care they utilize.
Regular (benefit-eligible) full-time and part-time employees are granted automatic access, but students will need to manually opt in. To do so, students will need to complete a simple survey.
This benefit is currently available for one year (until mid-January 2022). More information can be found at the U-M Human Resources page on child care resources.
Family-to-Family Posting Board
The other resource that launched recently is a family-to-family online posting board for various care needs. Employees and students can create and respond to posts about sharing resources and providing unpaid support such as occasional child care, tutoring and learning support, or elder care.
Once the employees or students connect, they can follow up independently to discuss arrangements.
This information and more can be found at the webpages below: