Information for Students with Children

Family Support Initiatives

The GSG Executive Board and Assembly are committed to reducing the challenges faced by graduate students with families during their time at Princeton. To this end, we have researched and published a Family Initiatives White Paper. Proposed policy solutions include: expanding current Childbirth and Adoption accommodation (CBA) policies to DCE students, introducing parental leave for secondary caregivers, increasing subsidies for dependents enrolled in the Princeton Student Health Plan, fully covering childbirth and delivery costs, and increasing the amount of financial support available to offset student housing and daycare costs.

The Graduate School has recently proposed expansions to the Student Child Care Assistance Program (SCCAP). Read the GSG’s letter of endorsement here.

Tigers with Cubs

Tigers with Cubs is a group for graduate students with children. Their website is a wonderful source for students with or expecting children. Tigers with Cubs is also represented in the GSG assembly.

Student Child Care Assistance Program (SCCAP)

Princeton’s SCCAP is designed to provide financial assistance to eligible students with pre-K children.  The grants can be applied to both in-home childcare and daycare.  A grant of up to $5000 is available for 1 child, and a second grant is possible for families with 2 children. For tax purposes, grants are treated as stipend income, and therefore may be subject to state and federal taxes. More information about SCCAP is available here.

To apply for a SCCAP award:

  1. Log in to Tigerhub
  2. Click on Self Service
  3. Navigate to Benefits
  4. Choose Child Care Assistance

Grants are made on an annual basis, and you must re-apply each year.  If a child arrives after the application deadline, you have 90 days to submit an application (however, you may not apply before the child is born or adopted).  In this event, the award will be prorated.