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136A.125 Child care grants.

Subdivision 1. Establishment. A child care grant program is established under the supervision of the higher education services office. The program makes money available to eligible students to reduce the costs of child care while attending an eligible post-secondary institution. The office shall develop policies and adopt rules as necessary to implement and administer the program.

Subd. 2. Eligible students. 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 handicapped as defined in section 120.03, 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 either aid to families with dependent children or Minnesota family investment program-statewide;

(4) has not earned a baccalaureate degree and has been enrolled full time less than eight semesters, 12 quarters, 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.

Subd. 3. Eligible institution. A Minnesota public post-secondary 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, if any;

(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 $2,000 for each eligible child per academic year. 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. 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 recipients.

Subd. 8. Information. The office shall develop and provide information about the program to eligible post-secondary 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.

HIST: 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

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