Child Day Care Subsidy

Sponsored by Washington University in St. Louis, the purpose of the Child Day Care Subsidy is to help financially stressed graduate student families meet the costs of child day care tuition at licensed facilities while they pursue PhD degrees.

The amount of Child Day Care Subsidy awarded to eligible applicants is based on their financial need, the number of children they have enrolled in licensed child day care facilities, their child day care expenses, and available funding. The maximum amount of subsidy you can receive is:

  • for one child, the maximum award is $1,750 per semester
  • for two children, the maximum award is $2,650 per semester
  • for three or more children, the maximum award is $3,550 per semester

The subsidy amount cannot exceed the cost of your licensed child day care.

Criteria for Eligibility

To be considered for the Child Day Care Subsidy, a student must meet ALL the listed criteria:

Be enrolled full time in a Washington University PhD degree program at the start of the award period

  • Be the parent of a child five years old or younger, or a child with special needs under the age of 19
  • Incur child day care tuition expenses from services provided by a licensed provider
  • Apply for scholarships and aid at your chosen, licensed provider before applying for the Washington University child day care subsidy
  • Provide proof of any aid awarded by a licensed provider
  • Be making satisfactory academic progress, as defined by Washington University
  • Utilize child day care services because you are a single student, or if married or have a partner, because your spouse or partner is either a student (enrolled full time in an undergraduate or graduate degree program) or employed outside the home for a minimum of 20 hours per week. You may be asked to document your spouse's or partner's employment of student status

Application Information

When to Apply for Fall/Spring:
Students may apply for Fall/Spring terms no later than August 1. Funding for the Fall and Spring semesters may be limited.

You are encouraged to submit your application as soon as possible. Students who apply after the deadline may be denied funding, regardless of their need, if all funds have been committed to applicants who applied earlier.

How to Apply:

Complete the online application.

Submit the following Tax return information to Susan Shannon by:

  • email  
  • in person: Danforth Campus | Cupples II | Suite 204
  • or postal mail to the: Graduate School, Washington University in St. Louis, Campus Box 1187, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130

You MUST black out all Social Security Numbers. 

  • Domestic students should submit copies of their, and if applicable, their spouse's or partner’s signed federal income tax returns from the previous year (1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, 1040NR, 1040NR-EZ, or Form 8843) and/or a Previous Year Non-Filing Statement Submit the Non-Filing Statement if you/your spouse/partner were not required to submit tax returns based on IRS income requirements.
  • International students should submit copies of their and their spouse's or partner’s signed federal income tax returns from the previous year (1040, 1040NR, 1040NR-EZ, or Form 8843). U.S. Internal Revenue Service guidelines require all international students to file a tax return. If you did not reside in the United States last year, please submit a statement to that effect.