Financial Assistance

Bridge Funding-Arrival of New Child

Graduate assistants and post docs: Request funding in connection with the arrival of new children.


Child Care Adjustment - Student Financial Aid

Federal financial aid regulations allow universities to include an allowance for dependent childcare expenses in the student's cost of attendance.  This may increase your student loan eligibility by allowing you to borrow an additional amount in federal subsidzed, unsubsidized, or graduate PLUS student loans.


Department of Human Services (DHS) - State of Iowa

The Iowa Department of Human Services provides resources and financial assistance for children and families, adults and seniors living in the state of Iowa.   

  • Cash Assistance - Family Investment Program or Refugee Cash Assistance -  provides cash assistance to needy families as they become self-supporting
  • Child Care Assistance -  supports low income families with parents, who are looking for work, employed or attending school to pursue vocational or educational training.  
  • Child Support - is responsible for assisting families to achieve and maintain economic self-sufficiency by establishing and enforcing child and medical support orders and processing support payments.
  • Food Assistance -  healthy foods are expensive and families may need extra help purchasing them
  • Health Care Options - Provides health care coverage options for financially-needy parents with children, children, people with disabilities, elderly people, and pregnant women

Scholarships for Adult/Non-Traditional and Student Parents

  • Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) Grant Program
    The CCAMPIS Grant Program is administered by ISU Child Care & Family Services and available to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Student parents who have enrolled their child at one of our campus child care centers may receive up to a 75% discount on monthly tuition.
  • Childcare Assistance Program (CAP)
    The Childcare Assistance Program (CAP) is administered by ISU Child Care & Family Services and funded by the Office of Student Financial Aid. Scholarships are awarded by semester in amounts up to $750 to reimburse the out-of-pocket costs for child care services.
  • Margaret Sloss Women's Center Scholarships
    The Margaret Sloss Women's Center administers four scholarships for adult or non-traditional students with some scholarships giving single mothers preference. These scholarships were created to motivate and reward adult students striving to reach their dreams!  Apply here

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program - Mid-Iowa Community Action (MICA)

WIC (Women Infants, & Children) is a supplemental nutrition program for babies, children under the age of 5, pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and women who have had a baby in the last 6 months. WIC helps families by providing healthy foods, nutrition education, and referrals to other health care agencies.