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Chapter 136A

Section 136A.125

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    Subdivision 1. Establishment. A child care grant program is established under the
supervision of the Minnesota Office of Higher Education. The program makes money available
to eligible students to reduce the costs of child care while attending an eligible postsecondary
institution. The office shall develop policies and adopt rules as necessary to implement and
administer the program.
    Subd. 2. Eligible students. (a) An applicant is eligible for a child care grant if the applicant:
(1) is a resident of the state of Minnesota;
(2) has a child 12 years of age or younger, or 14 years of age or younger who is disabled as
defined in section 125A.02, and who is receiving or will receive care on a regular basis from a
licensed or legal, nonlicensed caregiver;
(3) is income eligible as determined by the office's policies and rules, but is not a recipient
of assistance from the Minnesota family investment program;
(4) has not earned a baccalaureate degree and has been enrolled full time less than eight
semesters or the equivalent;
(5) is pursuing a nonsectarian program or course of study that applies to an undergraduate
degree, diploma, or certificate;
(6) is enrolled at least half time in an eligible institution; and
(7) is in good academic standing and making satisfactory academic progress.
(b) A student who withdraws from enrollment for active military service is entitled to an
additional semester or the equivalent of grant eligibility.
    Subd. 3. Eligible institution. A Minnesota public postsecondary institution, a Minnesota
private, baccalaureate degree granting college or university, or a Minnesota nonprofit two-year
vocational technical school granting associate degrees is eligible to receive child care funds from
the office and disburse them to eligible students.
    Subd. 4. Amount and length of grants. The amount of a child care grant must be based on:
(1) the income of the applicant and the applicant's spouse;
(2) the number in the applicant's family, as defined by the office; and
(3) the number of eligible children in the applicant's family.
The maximum award to the applicant shall be $2,300 for each eligible child per academic
year, except that the campus financial aid officer may apply to the office for approval to increase
grants by up to ten percent to compensate for higher market charges for infant care in a
community. The office shall develop policies to determine community market costs and review
institutional requests for compensatory grant increases to ensure need and equal treatment. The
office shall prepare a chart to show the amount of a grant that will be awarded per child based on
the factors in this subdivision. The chart shall include a range of income and family size.
    Subd. 4a. Rates charged. Child care providers may not charge students receiving grants
under this section a rate that is higher than the rate charged to private paying clients.
    Subd. 4b. Additional grants. An additional child care grant may be awarded to an applicant
attending classes outside of the regular academic year who meets the requirements in subdivisions
2 and 4.
    Subd. 4c. Unexpended balance. Any unexpended appropriation in the child care grant
program in the first year of a biennium shall be used to augment the maximum award in
subdivision 4 in the second year of the biennium.
    Subd. 5.[Repealed, 1995 c 212 art 3 s 60]
    Subd. 6. Yearly allocations to institutions. The office shall base yearly allocations on
the need for funds using relevant factors as determined by the office in consultation with the
institutions. Up to five percent of the money spent on students' child care awards, as determined
by the office, may be used for an institution's administrative expenses related to the child care
grant program. Any money designated, but not used, for this purpose must be reallocated to child
care grants. An institution may carry forward or backward ten percent of its annual allocation to
be used for awards in the previous or subsequent academic year.
    Subd. 7. Monitoring and reallocation. The office shall establish procedures to (1)
continually monitor the use of funds throughout the year; (2) identify areas of unmet need for
grants; and (3) redistribute available funds in a timely manner to meet the needs of eligible
    Subd. 8. Information. The office shall develop and provide information about the program
to eligible postsecondary institutions, human service agencies, and potential applicants.
    Subd. 9. Report. Institutions must submit reports, when requested by the office, on program
activity including the number of students served, the child care costs, and the number of students
on a waiting list for available funds. The reports must also include the institution's method of
prioritizing applicants if insufficient funds are available.
History: 1989 c 293 s 28; 1991 c 356 art 8 s 9-13; 1994 c 532 art 2 s 6-9; 1994 c 647 art 8 s
26; 1995 c 212 art 3 s 27,28,59; 1997 c 85 art 4 s 4; 1997 c 183 art 2 s 6; 1998 c 397 art 11 s 3;
1999 c 159 s 25; 1999 c 214 art 2 s 7; 2000 c 489 art 11 s 4; 1Sp2001 c 1 art 2 s 13,14; 2003 c
133 art 2 s 14,15; 2005 c 56 s 1; 2005 c 107 art 2 s 23,24,60

NOTE: The additional semester or the equivalent of grant eligibility under subdivision 2, as
amended by Laws 2005, chapter 107, article 2, section 23, applies to any student who withdrew
from enrollment in a postsecondary institution after December 31, 2002, because the student was
ordered to active military service as defined in section 190.05, subdivision 5b or 5c. Laws 2005,
chapter 107, article 2, section 59.

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