Child Care Assistance

The success of student-parents is important to us so RCC partners with the North Carolina General Assembly to assist student-parents with their child care needs promoting the completion of an educational program (The North Carolina Community College Child Care Grant Program). Through this program student-parents receiving child care assistance at Randolph Community College will be eligible for funding for two academic years (Fall & Spring) for the pursuit of an associate degree and one academic year (Fall & Spring) for the pursuit of a diploma or certificate. 

Child care fees paid to the provider are the responsibility of the parent (student). Some students may receive child care assistance from DSS and RCC will pay the parent fee, if any. The Child Care Grant at RCC is a supplemental grant that is coordinated with other types of child care assistance. The institutional guidelines for the North Carolina Community College Child Care Grant Program are as follows:

  • Must attend all classes
  • Must have and maintain a 2.0 cumulative grade point average and be enrolled as at least a half-time student (6 or more credit hours), not including online courses
  • Online course requirement is deferred until the end of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Must be a North Carolina resident
  • Must not have an outstanding balance in the Business Office

Students will be required to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on the Web, if they have not applied for financial aid already, to determine financial need and eligibility for any other types of financial aid, and as a prerequisite for applying for child care funds:

  • Students must complete the Child Care Grant Application. This application can be obtained by visiting our "Important Forms" Web page or in the Office of Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs.
  • The NC Community College Child Care Grant Program recipients will be selected by the Office of Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Make an appointment to see Mrs. Morgan Whisenant, Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs Associate, once all paperwork is is approved.
  • Child care providers should be licensed by the state of North Carolina in order for students to receive North Carolina Community College Child Care Grant Program funds.
  • Students and child care providers must complete and return "Child Care Vouchers" to the Office of Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs each month in order for the child care facility to receive payment.
  • There will be no discrimination against an applicant's race or sex.
  • Child care funds are not available during the summer term.