UMass Amherst has received a federal grant for $1 million to subsidize childcare costs for low-income college students who have dependent children.
Eligible low-income undergraduate and graduate students will receive subsidies to help cover their child care expenses.
The subsidies average $9.85 per hour but can be up to $16.75 per hour at private child care centers locally.
One UMass student told 22News that this grant could attract more parents to become students.
“Most people that have kids they don’t think about going to college. If they can get more money to help with going to college while having a kid then I think it’s great.”
Student parents who enroll in this program will meet regularly with the program coordinator who will provide success coaching, support resources, and will be able to meet other student parents who share their challenges.
Student parents say finances, time management and raising a healthy and happy child are their number one concerns.