Childcare Subsidy Grants Program

Childcare Subsidy Grants Program

The USC Graduate Student Government (GSG) provides a limited number of awards in the amount of $1,400 to assist eligible student parents with the cost of childcare.


Full-time graduate students in good standing who pay the Graduate Student Programming Fee and have primary childcare responsibilities for a child in the infant through pre-school age range may apply. Children must be enrolled at a state-certified daycare program. Proof of dependency relationship will be required. Postdoctoral fellows are not eligible.

Doctoral students who meet all the eligibility criteria of the USC Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) child-care subsidy program are not eligible for GSG’s childcare subsidy program and should instead apply for assistance through:

Students are eligible for a maximum of two grants, which must be awarded in two different semesters. Parents/primary caregivers of the same dependent(s) may apply separately for funding. However, a second application for the same dependent(s) will only be considered if the number of available awards is greater than then number of submitted applications.

Application Process

Applications for Spring 2020 grants will open January 13th, 2020 and must be received by 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) on January 31, 2020.

Apply using the GSG Grants Portal.

Applications must be completed and submitted via the online system. A complete application should include:

  • Personal statement describing the applicant’s current academic and professional status and goals, with explanation of how the grant award will advance those goals. Please describe your need for funding, including all sources of income and number of children under your care. Personal statements should be persuasive in nature and limited to 1-page in length.
  • STARS report, demonstrating good academic standing.
  • Spring 2020 Graduate Student Government Fee proof of payment.
  • Copy of proof of the dependency relationship (e.g. birth certificate).
  • Copy of the childcare facility’s state license.
  • Proof of child’s enrollment in that facility.

Applicants must demonstrate a strong justification for how receipt of funds will serve to advance their academic and professional goals.


After eligibility has been confirmed, applications will be evaluated based on the strengths of the personal statement and on the applicant’s perceived need. Decisions will be made by March 2, 2020.


Recipients can expect the award to be paid out in a single lump sum grant in between March and April 2020.

Questions can be directed to the GSG Director of Campus Affairs: