Child Care Grant Program


Cornell was one of the first universities in the nation to offer a child care grant program for student-parents more than 10 years ago, and has improved it over time.

Since then, the objective of the Cornell Student Child Care Grant Program remains the same: to provide financial assistance to as many Cornell students with child care expenses as possible. In 2015, Cornell made a significant investment in our student-parent community by contributing $250,000 to be awarded annually as Student Child Care Grants; another $100,000 was added in 2017. Cornell’s funding for the Student Child Care Grant Program is $350,000 for 2018.

The Dean of Students Office administers this program with assistance from the Students with Families Advisory Committee, which includes student-parents and staff members. 

What is the child care grant?

Taxable grant subsidy to student-parents based on eligibility criteria and funds available.

When are applications due?

Applications are accepted three times a year. The main application is available on or around September 1. Spring application is available at the start of the Spring semester. A Summer Care Grant Program application is available in May. 

What does it cover?

The program assists Cornell students by subsidizing some of the eligible costs associated with child care, including infant and toddler child care, preschool/pre-k day care, before/after school care, and support for children up to high school graduation.

What is the child’s age range for eligibility?

Birth to high school graduation.

Who can apply?

Student-parents must meet eligibility criteria to receive an award. Please see application on the Students with Families website for complete listing.

In Depth

The Student Child Care Grant Program is one of the many ways Cornell supports student-parents. (See the Students with Families website for a complete list of benefits that support student-families.)  

In the last few years, the amount available for the grant program more than doubled as a result of advocacy from the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GPSA) and the Students with Families Advisory Committee.

If you have questions or concerns about the current program or to make a recommendation about improvements to the program, please contact the Students with Families Advisory Committee Chair, Janna Lamey ( We welcome the feedback and opportunity to hear about your experience as a student-parent. 


Student Child Care Grant Program 
Students with Families Website
Students with Families Facebook


  • Mary Beth Grant, Director Student Services at the Dean of Students Office,
  • Janna Lamey, Assistant Dean and Chair of the Students with Families Advisory Committee,