CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE
Child care assistance can be used to subsidize the cost of daycare and before-/after-school care. Assistance is provided on a first-come, first-served basis and funds are paid directly to state-licensed child care providers.
To qualify for child care assistance:
- Student must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and have unmet financial need
- Student must be the legal parent or guardian of the child(ren) for whom assistance is requested
- Student must be enrolled at least part-time (6 credit hours) in a degree or certificate program at Nashville State
- At least 50% of the student’s classes must be on campus (student cannot receive child care assistance if they are enrolled in more than 50% of their courses online)
- Student’s child(ren) must be 12 years old or younger
- If requesting child care assistance for child(ren) age 5 or younger, student must also apply for child care payment assistance from the Tennessee Department of Human Services and provide documentation regarding the status of the application
- Student’s child(ren) must be enrolled with a child care provider that is licensed by the Tennessee Department of Human Services
- Student is responsible for securing placement for their child(ren) with the licensed child care provider
- Student must provide documentation from the provider that 1) verifies child(ren)’s enrollment, and 2) states the daily, weekly, or monthly rate charged for care
Child care assistance is provided according to the following formula (amounts listed indicate maximum assistance per semester):
|Enrollment Status||Number of Children Needing Care / Maximum Assistance Provided|
|Part time (6-11 credit hours)||1 child = $225
2 children = $450
3+ children = $675
|Full time (12+ credit hours)||1 child = $450
2 children = $900
3+ children = $1,350
Students participating in the program who successfully complete at least 75% of each semester’s coursework and otherwise comply with the terms of the program will be eligible to request child care assistance during the following semester.
Previously awarded students who maintain eligibility will be required to complete a new application each semester but will be given first priority. Students can receive child care assistance for a maximum of five semesters.
Students who qualify and apply for child care assistance but are not approved due to limits on available funding will be placed on a waiting list in the order in which applications are received.
Please note that due to funding restrictions, there are limits to the support we can provide each semester.
- Child care assistance is not available during the summer semester.
- The program will pay for child care on College holidays and breaks that occur during the semester; assistance is not available during winter break (between the fall and spring semesters).
- The program does not cover child care registration or enrollment fees, health assessment or immunization fees, or other child care costs not associated with the monthly charge for enrollment.
- If children covered by the program do not attend their care at least 80% of the month, the program will only pay for the days the children attended, using a prorated daily rate; in these cases, students will be responsible for any charges incurred on days that children were absent.
- If a student drops below the 6 credit hour minimum, drops below the 50% on-campus course rate, or withdraws from classes entirely, they will be removed from the program; the program will stop providing assistance on the date that the student becomes ineligible (drops courses) and the student will be responsible for any charges incurred after that date.
Have questions about the Child Care Assistance Program? Contact Michelle Joyner in the Foundation office.
Need financial assistance with child care? Please complete the application for assistance.