Childcare Subsidy Grants Program

Note: If this is your first time applying for any of the GSG grant programs (Travel Grants, Childcare Subsidy, Emergency Fund), you will need to create an account on our online portal using your USC email.

1. Program Overview

The Graduate Student Government Childcare Subsidy Grants Program provides a limited number of awards in the amount of $1,400 to assist eligible student parents with the cost of childcare.

2. Eligibility

All 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 should apply to their program first. Click here to access the WiSE child-care subsidy program website.

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 the number of submitted applications.

3. Application Process

Applications for Fall 2019 grants must be received by 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) on September 13, 2019.

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 2019 Graduate Student Government Fee proof of payment.
    • Copy of proof of the dependency relationship (i.e. 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.

4. Review

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 October 15, 2019.

5. Funding

Recipients can expect the award to be paid out in a single lump sum.

6. Additional Resources

Community Facebook Group for USC Graduate Student Parents.

USC Graduate School Guidelines for Parental Leave

The Pregnant Scholar  This website helps ensure the success of student parents and seeks to advance women’s representation in STEM fields by providing user-friendly information and resources on Title IX for pregnant students and postdocs, as well as faculty and administrators. The site includes a wide range of tools, from introductory videos to in-depth best-practice guides.

LA County Resources for Children and Families Find resources available in Los Angeles county that can help support your family. There are community based organizations in the county that can help with food, housing and other resources. There is also information to connect you with education and child care for your family, as well as family-friendly activities.

SHIELDS for Families SHIELDS for Families is a community-based 501c3 non-profit organization located in South Los Angeles serving individuals, children, and families through comprehensive and collaborative social services for child and youth development, child welfare, mental health, substance abuse treatment, and supportive services such as food, transportation, housing, legal services, and educational and vocational training.

Click here to start your application.