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Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) Program

Funded through the United States Department of Education, the Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) program is intended to support student-parents who need child care assistance in order to remain in school and graduate with a college degree.  Qualifying parenting students at NIU could have up to 100% of their childcare costs covered through the CCAMPIS Scholarship. Scholarships are directly paid to the center in which the family is enrolled at. The family can enroll on campus at the CDFC or can enroll at another Nationally Accredited partner site.  Student-parents will also be provided additional academic supports, as needed, through the CDFC family coordinator who supervises the program at NIU.


Child Care Scholarships

CCAMIPIS provides a childcare scholarship to qualifying parents. Qualifications include undergraduate or master’s degree seeking students who are Pell eligible or receiving. International students and undocumented students are welcome to apply if they are undergraduates or seeking a master’s degree. Financial aid will determine Pell Eligibility without a FASFA.

CCAMPIS Scholarships are paid directly to the childcare facility the family is enrolled in and can provide up to 100% of childcare tuition. The CCAMPIS Scholarship covers the cost of enrollment, weekly tuition fees, summer fees, and interim care as long as the parent(s) are enrolled in the following semester.

This supports high – quality childcare while parents are obtaining their degree. By providing interim care families continue with their care providers thus providing continuity of care.

Additional Academic Support

The CCAMPIS program family coordinator will assist in linking you to university resources designed to support your academic program. The coordinator will be able to monitor your academic progress and will also provide helpful information related to keeping on track with your studies. Along with Child Development and Family Center (CDFC) teaching staff, the CCAMPIS coordinator will also assist you with monitoring the healthy development of your child as they receive child care through the CDFC.


  • Child must be enrolled at the CDFC to qualify for funding or a nationally accredited childcare center that is partnered or is willing to partner with NIU. Talk with the family coordinator for more information about our partner centers.
  • Undergraduate and graduate students at NIU who are Pell eligible or can demonstrate financial need.
  • Students must be enrolled in at least six credit hours or three credit hours during the summer.

How to Apply for the CCAMPIS Program

  1. Complete the parent questionnaire
  2. Meet with the NIU CCAMPIS/CDFC family coordinator

Contact Us

Kristin Schulz
Executive Director
Campus Child Care Center Building

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