VSU Receives a $1.4 Million Grant for Enrolled Students Who Need Financial Assistance with Childcare

Virginia State University to offer enrolled students financial assistance for childcare 

U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine have announced that Virginia State University will receive $1.45 million to assist student-parents (students who are also parents) with childcare costs. The funds, which will be distributed over the next four years, will be used to offer student-parents access to affordable childcare services both on and off campus. 

The Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. The grant supports low-income parents who are pursuing postsecondary education. This grant will provide student-parents with funds to pay for childcare so they may focus their energy on graduating. In addition, student-parents will receive a litany of services to ensure their educational success. 

“We believe that education can alter the trajectory of the lives of our students—particularly first-generation students," said Regina Barnett-Tyler, Principal Investigator for the grant and VSU Assistant Vice President of Student Success and Engagement. “To have a program that offers this assistance reaffirms our commitment to being an access and opportunity university and to providing an atmosphere conducive to learning, growing, and transforming for all—no matter their circumstances or background.” 

The targeted start date for the CCAMPIS program assistance for the spring semester is January 2023. Current VSU student-parents enrolled full-time at VSU who need financial support for childcare should email the Department of Student Success and Engagement at dsse@vsu.edu

Virginia State University is one of four schools to receive the CCAMPIS grant funding. Other schools to receive CCAMPIS grant funding are Norfolk State University, Tidewater Community College, and Germanna Community College.