Student Child Care Assistance Program

Overview

The Student Child Care Assistance Program (SCCAP) provides assistance to eligible graduate and undergraduate students to help meet the cost of child care for pre-kindergarten aged children. Eligibility rules and award amounts are determined by the Princeton Child Care Assistance Committee and based on household resources. The awards can be used to pay for a wide range of possible child care arrangements from in-home care to licensed day care centers.

Assistance is available for up to two eligible pre-kindergarten aged children. The maximum award for one eligible child is up to $5,000 per year; you may receive an additional award up to $5,000 for a second eligible child. Only one award is available per eligible child. If your spouse or partner is also a Princeton student or employee, you may apply for only one child care award per eligible child between you. SCCAP awards are treated as additional income for graduate students or as non-tuition scholarship for undergraduate students and may be subject to state and federal taxes.

The SCCAP award will be paid on a reimbursement basis after you have paid the provider for services. The University is not responsible for late payment fees or finance charges incurred and/or charged by your caregiver.

Students are expected to abide by the rules, requirements and procedures of this program. Any knowingly false statements or representations and/or any abuse of this benefit may result in denial of the award and/or disciplinary action.

All information submitted is confidential and will be used only to administer the SCCAP. You may be asked to provide additional financial information by the plan administrator.

Annual Award Information

SCCAP awards are based on annual adjusted gross household income. The following chart illustrates the range of awards for the 2014-15 SCCAP. The 2014-15 SCCAP plan year covers September 1, 2014 through August 31, 2015.

Household IncomeMaximum Award for First ChildMaximum Award for Second Child
$0-$65,000$5,000$5,000
$65,001-$80,000$4,000$4,000
$80,001-$95,000$3,000$3,000
$95,001-$110,000$2,000$2,000
$110,001-$130,000$1,000$1,000

If your child receives other scholarships, grants or awards to cover the same child care charges, you must notify The Graduate School immediately by contacting Lisa Franzman at  franzman@princeton.edu.  The Princeton University SCCAP award will not exceed the remaining eligible child care costs, if any. Your SCCAP reimbursement may be reduced.

Taxation

For tax purposes, SCCAP awards are treated as additional income and will be subject to state and federal tax.