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Grant Provides Subsidies for WTAMU Students Using Kids Kollege

Students at West Texas A&M University whose children attend Kids Kollege may be eligible for child-care subsidies thanks to a U.S. Department of Education Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) grant.

Kids Kollege, a state-licensed child-care facility at WTAMU, will use the four year, $216,416 grant to help curb the cost of child care for eligible undergraduates who utilize the campus child care. The University first received the four-year grant in 2005, and the 2009 CCAMPIS funds represent a continuation of the original grant.

“Kids Kollege has always provided high quality child-care services at a reduced rate for our students. However, through the CCAMPIS program, these students’ ability to afford child care and ultimately remain in school will be greatly impacted in a positive way,” Jon Davis, director of life services, said.

First-year funding is $54,104, and University students accepted into the program could see a 25 to 75 percent savings on their monthly child-care bill beginning Oct. 1.

To be eligible for the program—other than having one or more children accepted into Kids Kollege—students must be undergraduates, enrolled at West Texas A&M and maintain continuous enrollment of at least half-time (six semester credit hours) during a long semester and at least three hours in each summer term; have completed the financial aid application process; be eligible for a federal Pell Grant; and maintain satisfactory academic process as defined by the University.

“Approval is based on current financial aid information,” Davis said.

Kids Kollege, located in the Virgil Henson Activities Center, serves the University and surrounding communities year-round. The facility serves children between the ages of 18 months and 5 years. For more information about the CCAMPIS grant, contact Davis at 806-651-2335.

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