CAP - Childcare Assistance Program


What is CAP?

The Childcare Assistance Program (CAP) is a scholarship program administered through the Office of Child Care & Family Resources. This program provides scholarships to assist student parents with their child care expenses while they are attending Iowa State University. Students may be awarded up to $750 per academic semester. Only one award per family even if both parents are ISU students.

Who can apply?

All student parents are encouraged to apply to the Office of Child Care & Family Resources for CAP funds regardless of classification: undergraduate, graduate, professional/Veterinary Medicine, international, special students, and students enrolled less than full time. Deadline application is SEPTEMBER 30. Applications will continue to be accepted throughout the academic year. Once funds are depleted, a waiting list will be kept in the event additional funding is received. All qualified students are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility Guidelines

  • Currently enrolled at least half-time at ISU and actively seeking a degree
  • A student parent of a child not yet enrolled in kindergarten services
  • Use child care services to help satisfy academic responsibilities and have out of pocket expenses for child care services
  • Current financial information on file in the Office of Student Financial Aid (U.S. Citizens)
  • Demonstrate high financial need
  • Meet satisfactory academic progress (SAP) guidelines as required by ISU

Scholarship Awards

Once a completed application has been submitted and student status verified, applications will be ranked according to income and resources. An Advisory Committee, consisting of ISU students, faculty and staff oversee the program and rank applications based on student credit load, tuition costs, income/financial need, family size, age of child, and other resource criteria. Students with the highest financial need will have priority. Those eligible and selected for a scholarship may be reimbursed up to $750 per semester for out of pocket child care expenses.

* Funding is limited! We cannot assist all those who apply.

CAP Award Letters

Once your application has been processed and approved for a scholarship, you will receive a CAP Award letter and receipt form from the Office of Child Care & Family Resources through your ISU email account. This letter will contain the semester award amount that is allocated to you, along with a receipt form to claim your scholarship.

CAP Payments

After you have completed a CAP receipt that you received with your award letter, your scholarship will be processed and applied to your U-Bill within 7-10 business days.

When applying, please remember the following:

As part of their responsibilities, the Office of Student Financial Aid has developed a standard Cost of Attendance (COA) for all student aid applicants. All monies received by student aid recipients will be used towards meeting your COA. Child care expenses are unique to each individual aid recipient and not included as part of the standard COA. The budget adjustment form for child care expenses is available on the Office of Student Financial Aid website under forms. (Cost of Attendance Adjustment – Childcare)


  • Undergraduate U.S. Citizens: Complete Form U
  • International Students and Graduate/Professional Degree Students: Complete Form G

Application Address

ISU Child Care & Family Resources
100 University Village Suite 1010
Ames, IA 50010
Phone: (515)294-3149 or (515)294-8827

For additional help or questions regarding the program, please don’t hesitate to contact us at the above address.