Oregon Student Child Care Grant


The Oregon Student Child Care Grant Program was established to assist parents enrolled in postsecondary education obtain safe, dependable care that supports their children's development while allowing completion of the parent's academic programs.


To receive financial aid from this program an applicant must:

  • Be an Oregon resident with a child or legal dependent age 12 and under in need of child care, or, if over age 12, who satisfies the requirements of special needs;
  • Use a childcare provider listed with the Oregon Department of Human Services, or, registered or certified with the Oregon Child Care Division;
  • Have not obtained a baccalaureate or higher degree from any accredited institution and be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as an undergraduate at an Oregon postsecondary institution*;
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress; and
  • Not be in default on any federal Title IV loan or owing a refund on federal Title IV funds previously disbursed.

* Oregon postsecondary institutions include Oregon community colleges, public universities, and private universities. There are some for-profit postsecondary institutions which have campuses in Oregon but are owned by corporations based outside of Oregon. Enrollment at those non-Oregon based institutions disqualifies applicants from receiving the Oregon Student Child Care Grant

Priority in Awarding

Among applicants who meet the eligibility criteria of this program, priority in the selection process shall be given in the following rank order:

  1. A prior recipient of benefits of the Student Child Care Grant who maintains satisfactory academic progress as defined by this program, who has continuing financial need, continues use of a provider who meets registration requirements, and who has not exhausted maximum award eligibility.
  2. New applicants will be awarded based on the following criteria:
    1. Students' credits earned toward a Certificate, Associates Degree, or first Bachelor's Degree.
    2. Financial need.
    3. Use of childcare providers who are listed with the Oregon Department of Human Services, or, registered or certified with the Oregon Child Care Division.
    4. Students enrolled full-time.
    5. Students enrolled half-time if awarded, you must enroll with sufficient hours to earn 36 credit hours (24 at semester schools) per academic year.


Grant payments for student child care for eligible recipients will be disbursed on a term/semester basis provided the student maintains satisfactory academic progress and continues to have a child who qualifies under the rules of the program. Disbursement is made directly to the post-secondary institution, not to the recipient or their childcare provider. It is the student's responsibility to pay their child care provider.

Application Process

  1. Fill out the FAFSA or ORSAA after the October 1 opening date each year.
  2. Complete the Oregon Student Child Care Grant Application.

The 2020-21 Oregon Student Child Care Grant Application is now closed. The 2021-2022 application will open in January 2021. 

May 31 is the deadline to submit your application and a valid FAFSA or ORSSA. 

Please note, transcripts are not submitted during the application process. Transcripts will be requested only of eligible applicants after the application due date. 

DEADLINE NOTE: The deadline is 5:00 pm (PST or PDT). If a deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, it will automatically be extended to 5:00 pm (PST or PDT) on the following business day. 

Renewal of Award

Awards made under this program are renewable provided that:

  • The awardee continues to be enrolled in an approved program at an eligible institution;
  • The awardee is making satisfactory academic progress, as defined by the institution;
  • The awardee completes at least 36-quarter or 24-semester hours for credit during the nine month period of fall/winter/spring quarters/semesters;
  • The awardee arranges for the Commission to receive a transcript of the academic work completed in the prior year of award; and
  • Each awardee's child used to determine eligibility must continue to qualify under the rules of the program.
  • The awardee's child care provider remains registered with the Oregon Department of Human Services or registered/certified with the Child Care Division of the Oregon Department of Employment

Administrative Rule


Public Programs
(541) 687-7400 PublicPrograms@hecc.oregon.gov