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Childcare and Transportation Assistance

The Childcare and Transportation Assistance program offers support and assistance to technical students to accomplish their career goals.

FAQs

What is the Childcare and Transportation Assistance program?
The Childcare and Transportation Assistance program is designed to help you overcome barriers for the successful completion of your educational goals. These barriers include child care, textbooks and transportation costs. If you are eligible, you will receive assistance paying for your child care or transportation expenses. You will also receive assistance for educational planning, goal-setting and follow through to help reach your academic goals See Types of assistance below for a complete list of services.

Who is eligible to apply?
Any student seeking a Technical degree or certificate and who are Full Pell eligible by having an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of zero (0) based upon the FAFSA and meets one of the following may be eligible:

  • Single Parent
  • Seeking a Degree or Certificate not Traditional for your Gender
  • Have a documented disability
  • Displaced Homemaker
  • Limited English proficiency

Do I have to be a full time student to receive assistance?
No, you must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours.

When do I apply for assistance?

  • Applications are accepted year - around.
  • All eligible applicants will be considered in the order applications are received as funds become available.

After I turn in my application, how long does it take before I know if I will be getting assistance?
You will be notified by the fourth week of the semester by email regarding your award status.

Why am I not getting assistance? I filled out the application and I met all the criteria!
Each semester the number of applications exceeds the amount of funding available. All awards are contingent on the availability of funds.

Do I have to use a specified childcare provider?
No, however, you must use a registered or licensed childcare provider.

What if I do not have a childcare provider?
You will be responsible for finding one who will meet your needs. For assistance in locating a provider who is licensed or registered, please refer to the Community Assistance links below.

If the links do not supply you with the information you need, contact the Childcare and Transportation Assistance program director, Amanda Gordon at gordona@grayson.edu

Types of Assistance

The program offers the following services and assistance to eligible students:

Services and assistance limited to availability of funds.

Eligibility Requirements

Requirements:

1. Any student pursuing a technical certificate or associate of applied science degree (Click here for a listing of approved certificates and degrees)

2. Full Pell eligible

3. Meet one of the following:

  • Single Parent
  • Seeking a Degree or Certificate not Traditional for your Gender (Click here for a list)
  • Have a documented disability
  • Displaced Homemaker - anyone whose identity has been that of a homemaker but is now changing due to a major life change such as separation, divorce, disablement of spouse, death of a spouse or discontinuance of public assistance or financial support from a relative.
  • Limited English proficiency

4.  Have an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher.

5.  Enrolled in at least 6 college credit hours

6.  Completed Texas Success Initiative requirements - college ready for reading, writing, and math.

Application Process

Applications for childcare and transportation assistance are accepted year-round. Eligible applicants will be considered in the order applications are received and as funds become available.

Students can apply at any time during the school year. Assistance is determined for the following semester at the end of each previous semester. Students are notified, by mail, of their award status.

Steps to Apply

1. Complete the Application for Assistance

2. Return the completed Application to the Coordinator of Special Services - Amanda Gordon gordona@grayson.edu

3. Provide required documentation

       Required documents for childcare assistance:

  • Proof of Pell Award (Can be printed from Campus Connect)
  • Completed Childcare Provider Verification Form
    Child care Provider must be one of the following:
    • Licensed child care center (Texas or Oklahoma)
    • Registered child care home (Texas)
    • Licensed child care home (Oklahoma)
  • Copy of birth certificate for each child you are requesting childcare assistance
  • Copy of class schedule (Can be printed from Campus Connect)
  • Unofficial copy of all college transcripts (GC transcript can be printed on Campus Connect)
  • Required documents for childcare assistance:
    • Proof of Pell Award (Can be printed from Campus Connect)
    • Copy of class schedule (Can be printed from Campus Connect)
    • Unofficial copy of all college transcripts (GC transcript can be printed on Campus Connect)

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applications will not be processed until all required documentation is received.

Priority Deadlines to apply for funding:

Semester Priority Deadline

Fall: August 1
Spring:  December 1
Summer:  May 1

Applications will be accepted after priority deadline.

Priority consideration is given to applications received before the priority deadline.

Community and Other Support Resources

  • Workforce Solutions Texoma - offers child care assistance to help low income families pay for childcare so they can go to work, attend an educational program or a vocational training program. The funds used to pay for childcare assistance are federal Child Care and Development Funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Customers receiving child care assistance must meet federal, state and local guidelines in order to qualify for childcare assistance.
    http://www.workforcesolutionstexoma.com
  • Workforce Solutions Texoma - operates the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) which may be able to help pay for tuition, books, and travel for up to two years. Eligible individuals include employees who are laid off or trade affected, displaced homemakers, and income eligible adults and youth.
    http://www.workforcesolutionstexoma.com/child-care-home-page/
  • Division for Rehabilitation Services (DARS) - The Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Program helps people who have physical or mental disabilities prepare for, find or keep employment. Gaining skills needed for a career, learning how to prepare for a job interview or getting the accommodations needed to stay employed are just a few of the ways this program helps people with disabilities increase productivity and independence.
    Some of the services available to eligible persons are possible financial assistance including tuition and fees, contingent upon amount of other financial aid being received, and required textbooks, based on financial need and financial aid. There are also a number of other services that can be provided based on individual needs.
    http://www.dars.state.tx.us/drs/vr.shtml
    Division for Rehabilitation Services Sherman Field Office 1800 Teague Drive Suite 404 Sherman, TX 75090 (903) 868-2527 Toll Free: (877) 340-3368
    Contact Persons: Linda Little, VRC or Julie Penn-White, RST.
  • Tutoring - GC students are eligible for tutoring for any course in which they are currently enrolled. Services are provided without charge.
  • Texoma Council of Governments (TCOG) - The Client Services program helps income-eligible households with certain education and employment costs. Assistance is intended as adjunct support for students seeking to gain or improve their employment in order to transition their households out of poverty.
    Some of the services available to eligible persons are financial assistance including books, tools, testing fees, supplies, child care and utility assistance. These services are determined on a case by case basis depending on documented need and funding availability.
    For additional information about services, or to set an appointment for an application:
    Texoma Council of Governments 1117 Gallagher, Suite 300 Sherman TX 75090
    http://www.texoma.cog.tx.us/

Contact Information

Grayson College - Main Campus Counseling Center 6101 Grayson Drive Denison, Texas 75020
phone: 903-463-8695