In the Academic year 2014-15, the Associated Students of Southern Oregon University (ASSOU) chose to offer students a child care subsidy in order to assist students who have children who are pre-school age or younger to attend classes at SOU. This subsidy is funded from the incidental fee that all students pay when they enroll at SOU.
The subsidy is included in a student's full financial package and can impact other financial aid the student would have otherwise received. Because of this, the subsidy is administered through the Financial Aid office at SOU.
Understanding the ASSOU Child Care Subsidy
How do I apply for the Subsidy?
There is an application, available here. The subsidy will be awarded on a first come, first served basis, for all applicants who meet the criteria for the subsidy. Completed application packages should be submitted to the Dean of Students Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cover Letter: In order to gain a better understanding of the circumstances student parents face, we require a cover letter accompany every application. Please tell us a little about yourself and your family, as well as any changes that are taking place, (pregnancies, adoptions, illnesses, divorces, child care changes). Should you feel the numbers on your application don't fully represent your situation or you do not meet all eligibility requirements; the cover letter is your opportunity to describe the unique circumstances of your family. Please restrict your letters to one page, single spaced. You may also handwrite a one page cover letter, should a computer not be available to you.
Copy of class schedule for funding term.
Proof of Financial Need: Priority of subsidy funding will go to students with demonstrated financial need; proof of need can be in the form of proof of Pell Grant or Federal Work-study eligibility or other official documents demonstrating financial need.
What are the requirements to qualify for the subsidy?
- Applicants must be the parent or legal caregiver of a child.
Applicant's child must be currently enrolled in a DHS approved child-care program or the Community Preschool at SOU.
Applicants must be in good academic standing and making adequate progress toward graduation.
Priority is given to students:
Registered and maintain at least 8 on-campus credits while receiving the subsidy.
(Copy of class schedule must be attached to application)
Children who are pre-school aged or younger.
If funds are available, the Child Care Subsidy Allocation Committee may chose to award to faculty, staff, dual-enrolled students or student’s with children older than pre-school aged.
The subsidy is awarded per term – however, despite being awarded in one full amount during each term, eligibility must be maintained for the entire term in order to earn the full subsidy. Failure to maintain eligibility either through student enrollment status, child care enrollment status, or other will lose eligibility and may require repayment of all or part of the subsidy previously awarded.
Applicants who report fraudulent information will be disqualified from the subsidy pool and may have a debt to the University for any subsidy funds received.
How much is the subsidy for?
The maximum amount of the subsidy is calculated at $400 per month, for a maximum of three months per term, for a maximum of three terms (Fall, Winter, and Spring only). This is a subsidy of $1,200.00 per term and $3,600.00 annually. Regardless of how it was calculated, the award is by term, not by month, therefore the subsidy is a by term award at $1,200 per term. Students who do not maintain eligibility for the entire term, for any reason, may be required to repay the subsidy. If a student's documented child care costs are less than the maximum subsidy, the subsidy will be reduced appropriately. Otherwise, the subsidy is not prorated based on the number of applicants or a student's total need.
When are applications due for the start of a term?
When first applying, the full application is due the evening prior to the start of each term to meet the priority deadline. All applications after that are due on Friday of week 5.
Once I apply and receive the subsidy, can I move my child?
Yes, but you will be required to validate that you continue to have child care costs that match or exceed the subsidy. If you move your child to a center that is not licensed or otherwise would not have qualified you for the subsidy (DHS approved), you may lose eligibility for the subsidy and have to repay part or all of the subsidy. If you switch child care providers at any point during the term, you are required to notify the Student Advocate.
I have multiple children who need care, can I get the subsidy for both?
No. The subsidy is awarded on a per student basis, not a per child basis. The subsidy is not prorated based on total child care costs, except in cases where documented costs to not meet the amount of the subsidy, in those cases the subsidy is reduced appropriately.
My spouse and I are both students at SOU, can we both apply the subsidy?
No. If both parents/guardians of children are SOU students, only one of the students can claim the child or children for purposes of both, financial aid calculations and application for the subsidy
When will I know if I have been awarded the subsidy?
Because the subsidy is administered through the Financial Aid office, the subsidy will be identified as part of a student's financial aid award and be applied to their student account during each term.
How will I receive the subsidy?
Because the subsidy is treated as financial aid, the subsidy is received similar to any other financial aid award. The subsidy will be included in a student's financial aid award and applied to their student account in the same manner as any other financial aid award.
In general, charges for tuition, housing, and other similar actions are posted as charges to a student's account. Credits such as financial aid or payments for tuition and housing, etc. are applied against the balance on a student's account. The Child Care Subsidy will be applied as a credit against the student account.
If their child is enrolled at another state licensed child care center, the subsidy will still be applied against their overall charges on their student account and will be part of any refund the student may receive if their aid exceeds their charges. They can then utilize their refund to apply toward their child care costs at another licensed center.
If you are already receiving maximum Financial Aid for the year (there is no remaining unmet need) the subsidy may replace less desirable Financial Aid, such as loans.
Do I need to reapply each term?
No. While the subsidy is awarded for single terms, it is not the intention that students who receive the subsidy have to apply for following terms, within the same academic year. Approved students need to only verify continued eligibility to continue to receive the subsidy for the duration of that academic year (Fall, Winter, and Spring terms only). They will however, be required to reapply and compete with all other qualified students for the subsidy in separate Academic years (Fall-Summer is a single academic year).New enrollments in Winter and Spring terms will be limited to only filling vacant subsidy awards, either made available from students who lost their eligibility or subsidies never awarded in the previous term. The Student Fee committee will determine the number of subsidy awards available each term.
Contact Dean of Students Office for further questionsFor general and immediate questions on the Child Care Subsidy or on the application process, students could contact Dean of Students Office at email@example.com.
For specific questions on their subsidy and disbursement, once awarded, students could contact the Financial Aid office at SOU.