Graduate Child Assistance Program

Princeton is family-focused, and offers generous support to help students with children proactively plan for child care, housing, and healthcare.

The Graduate Child Assistance Program (GCAP) provides financial assistance to eligible graduate students with children. 

  • Amount awarded: Eligible graduate students may receive awards up to $6,500 per child per year (with a maximum annual award of $19,500). 
  • Reimbursable expenses: The award may be applied to reimburse expenses for child care, housing, or dependent child health care premiums.

Have questions? Contact Jeanette DeGuire. Undergraduate students with questions about support for dependent children should contact the Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid.

Eligibility & Award Calculation

Annual Application Process


The 2022-23 Graduate Child Assistance Program (GCAP) online application form will be available in TigerHub in July. GCAP online applications are accepted throughout the year. You must reapply each year.

Enrollment Status Change

If your status as an enrolled student ends or if you are no longer considered a full-time, active Princeton student, you must notify The Graduate School immediately by contacting Jeanette DeGuire. Your GCAP award will be prorated and cease on the last day you are enrolled.

While the University intends to continue the Graduate Child Assistance Program (GCAP) benefit plan, the University reserves the right to terminate or amend the plan, at any time, and for any reason.