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$160,000 grant offers childcare, student-parent support at OSU-OKC

A $159,556 federal grant will support student parents at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City.

The U.S. Department of Education is providing the funds to develop a support program and assist with childcare costs.

School officials estimated more than 3,000 students at the university are parents. The funds will be split over four years, appropriating $38,889 each year, according to a university news release.

“These funds will be a game-changer for many parents who are struggling to enter or stay in school while bearing the burden of childcare costs,” OSU-OKC President Brad Williams said in a statement. “Helping students who are parents enter college and navigate the path to degree completion is critical in transforming their lives, and the lives of their children.”

Qualified students could receive up to 60% of childcare costs that aren’t covered by other childcare assistance programs.

The funds will become available to students in January. OSU-OKC will award childcare support on a semester-by-semester basis on a sliding scale, contingent on number of hours enrolled and other criteria, according to the news release.

The grant also will help establish the Student Parent Support Program. OSU-OKC will hire a part-time student-parent support navigator to give guidance on degree completion and workforce integration.

OSU-OKC student Amanda Neal said in a statement she and her classmates would greatly appreciate any assistance made possible through the grant. Neal is a parent and the president of OSU-OKC Single Parent Association.

“Balancing the demands of parenthood with our studies is an ongoing challenge,” Neal stated. “Knowing that our school will support us not only financially, but emotionally as well, really means a lot.”

Students who wish to apply for grant assistance or to learn more about the Student Parent Support Program should contact Christina Young, enrollment management coordinator, at 405-945-9151 or