Easing the Cost of Childcare

Childcare Choice: Choose your setting, your location, and your curriculum.

The Childcare Choice – Student program offers up to $2,000 childcare subsidy awards per fiscal year per household for qualifying childcare. The childcare must occur in Arizona, and it must be coursework-related. To participate, you must be a current undergraduate or graduate/professional student at the University of Arizona and have demonstrated financial need*.

*The following must be on file with the Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid (OSFA): a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) Calculator results for those who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

The 2022–2022 program is now open. 

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To apply, review the Program Guidelines below. And then use the button above to complete the application

Program Guidelines - English

Learn what qualifies as a work-related childcare expense, what documentation you need to apply, and how to receive reimbursement.

Program Guidelines - English

Directrices del programa - Español

Conozca qué califica como gastos de cuidado de niños relacionados con el curso, qué necesita para presentar una solicitud y cómo recibir un reembolso.

Directrices del programa - Español

Enrollment Verification Form

Completed by your provider, you must submit an Enrollment Verification Form with your application. This verifies your child’s enrollment in childcare.

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International Students Only

Financial Aid Calculation Form

If you are an international student, you must complete and submit the Financial Aid Calculation Form during the enrollment process.

View Financial Aid Calculation Form

Expected Family Contribution

If you are an international student, you must submit a screenshot of the Expected Family Contribution results during the enrollment process.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. All eligible students must submit a new application each fiscal year.

Yes. Students approved during the fall semester must email a new Enrollment Verification Form to lifework@arizona.edu in January to receive the spring semester award.

No. A child’s birthdate and Enrollment Verification Form are both needed to apply for this program.

Childcare Choice awards are given per household. Awards do not vary based on the number of children within the household.

Additional Resources for Students

Sick and Back-Up Childcare

Sick and backup childcare services are available when there is an unexpected interruption in your regularly scheduled childcare. 

Get Back-Up Childcare

Parenting & Childcare Consultations

Meet with a dependent care advisor to explore childcare options and/or to identify and develop parenting techniques.

Schedule a Consultation

Family Resource Map

Screenshot of the campus Family Resource Map

Spaces on campus for families to care for infants, children, and adults, including lactation spaces for parents/providers and their infants.

View the Map