Graduate Child Assistance Program


The Graduate Child Assistance Program (GCAP) provides financial assistance to eligible graduate students with children. Total award amounts and eligibility rules are determined by the Graduate School and are based on the household's adjusted gross income (AGI). The program operates on a reimbursement basis; recipients of the benefit are reimbursed for eligible expenses after they are incurred. Eligible expenses include child care, housing, and dependent health care premiums.

Assistance is available for up to two eligible dependents under the age of 6 as of September 1 in the program year of your application. For single parents, this age limit is raised to 12 years of age. The maximum award is $5,000 per child. If your spouse or partner is also a Princeton student or employee, you may apply for only one GCAP award per eligible child.

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 only be used to administer the GCAP award. You may be asked to provide additional financial information by the plan administrator.

Annual Award Information

GCAP awards are based on annual adjusted gross household income, and are paid on a reimbursement basis after costs have been incurred. The University is not responsible for late payment fees or finance charges incurred and/or charged by any provider. The following chart illustrates the range of awards for the GCAP. The 2019-20 GCAP plan year covers September 1, 2019 through August 31, 2020.

Household IncomeMaximum Award for First ChildMaximum Award for Second Child

If your child receives other scholarships, grants or awards which overlap with the GCAP, you must notify The Graduate School immediately by contacting Jeanette DeGuire at The Princeton University GCAP award will never exceed the total incurred eligible costs, and the University reserves the right to reduce an award amount should your child receive similar support from other sources.


Graduate Child Assistance Program (GCAP) payments are paid as nonqualified fellowship. Nonqualified fellowships are typically taxable to the recipient for federal tax reporting purposes, however, fellowship payments are not subject to New Jersey state taxes or federal payroll taxes (FICA).