Office of the Vice President for Global Communications

Monday, May 21, 2012

Pilot program will expand child-care subsidy for graduate student employees

Beginning this fall, the university will implement a two-year pilot program to expand eligibility for the university’s child-care subsidy, a program available to graduate students who also work as graduate student instructors or graduate student staff assistants.

 

Read more about the child-care subsidy.

The pilot program was recommended by a committee established during negotiations between the university and the Graduate Employees’ Organization to explore the issue. The committee included representatives of both the university and GEO. Provost Phil Hanlon approved the committee’s recommendation earlier this month.

The university’s existing child-care subsidy, available to all students, provides financial aid for child-care expenses as long as the student’s spouse works or attends schools 20 hours a week. The two-year pilot program will provide up to $150,000 for additional subsidies for specific graduate student employees whose spouse works or attends school between 12 and 19 hours a week.

Overall the university provided $1.4 million in student child-care subsidies in 2010-11. The child-care subsidy is administered through the Office of Financial Aid.