North Carolina Community College Childcare Grant
The North Carolina Community College Childcare Grant Program was established by the North Carolina General Assembly to assist student-parents with their childcare needs. As the goal of this grant is, in part, to promote the completion of an educational program, student-parents receiving childcare assistance at Forsyth Technical Community College will be eligible for funding for two academic years (Fall & Spring) for the pursuit of an associate degree and one academic year (Fall & Spring) for the pursuit of a diploma or certificate.
The Office of Student Financial Services advertises the availability of childcare assistance proceeding the next award year by posting an announcement on Forsyth Tech’s TechLink under College Services, Financial Aid.
Childcare fees paid to the provider are the responsibility of the parent. Forsyth Tech will reimburse the student-parent directly for appropriate childcare expenses. The reimbursement check will be disbursed directly to the student upon receipt of an invoice from a childcare provider accompanied by a student’s class attendance record.
The institutional guidelines for the North Carolina Community College Childcare Grant Program are as follows:
- Must meet all federal aid eligibility requirements including Satisfactory Academic Progress and be enrolled in an eligible curriculum program).
- Must be enrolled as at least a half-time student (6 or more credit hours), not including on-line courses.
- Must be a North Carolina resident.
- Must not have an outstanding balance in the Business Office. (i.e., returned check charge, parking fines, sealed file, etc.)
- Must enroll the eligible child/children in a state licensed child care program.
- Students will be required to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the Office of Student Financial Services to determine financial need and eligibility for any other types of financial aid, and as a prerequisite for being selected as a child care grant recipient.
- Applications will become available on May 1 each year for the following academic year. Students must complete the North Carolina Community College Childcare Grant Program Application (available in the Financial Aid Office, Allman Center, 2nd floor and attached to the announcement posted on TechLink) by the application period close date. The closing date varies each year depending on the number of applications received. The application must be accurate and complete for consideration.
- Students must submit documentation of daily childcare expenses from the childcare provider with the application. A statement on the childcare provider’s letterhead or standard rate sheet is acceptable. The application is not complete and should not be submitted without documentation of daily childcare expenses and the facilities state license number of the facility.
- The applications will be reviewed and selection of North Carolina Community College Childcare Grant Program recipients will be made by Student Financial Services on a first come, first served basis after the college is notified of its state appropriation, usually in late August.
- There will be no discrimination against an applicant’s race or sex.
- Childcare providers must be licensed by the state of North Carolina in order for students to receive North Carolina Community College Childcare Grant Program funds.
- Students and childcare providers must complete and return to the Office of Student Financial Services the Childcare Payment Request Form each month in order for the student to receive payment.
- Students may be reimbursed with North Carolina Community College Childcare Grant Program funds up to a maximum of $750 per month.
- Students may not receive North Carolina Community College Childcare Grant Program funds if they receive childcare assistance from any other agency. (i.e., DSS, FECP, etc.)
Childcare funds are not available during the Summer Term.