Scholarships to JHU Child Care Centers

JHU scholarships are available for the three centers that are Johns Hopkins partners: Homewood Early Learning Center, Bright Horizons, and the Weinberg Early Childhood Center. These scholarships can be used in addition to vouchers. They are available to full-time employees of the university, post-doc students, full-time doctoral and medical students, residents, and house staff.

Scholarships are available on a rolling basis, so a family can use them as soon as a spot opens up in one of the three centers. It is important that employees get on the waiting list for the center(s) in which they wish to enroll their child if they want to access the scholarship at some point in the future. Because the scholarship amounts are above the IRS cap of $5,000, they are taxable. Financial counseling is available for families with concerns around taxability and eligibility for other programs through mySupport.

To determine the scholarship amount for which your child may be eligible, find your family’s adjusted gross income (AGI, as reported on your previous year’s tax return) and the number of children under age 6 you have in the table below. The scholarship amount is shown in the column on the right. Remember that scholarships are in addition to any child care voucher funds that you may receive.

Scholarship Eligibility

JHU Child Care Scholarships are designed to help cover the cost of dependent care for those who meet the following three criteria:

  1. Have a child enrolled in one of the three JHU-partner child care centers, (Homewood Early Learning Center; the Johns Hopkins Child Care and Early Learning Center (Bright Horizons); or the Weinberg Early Childhood Center);
  2. Meet family adjusted gross income (AGI) eligibility requirements; and
  3. Are full-time, benefits-eligible employees or graduate students of the Johns Hopkins University.
    • Faculty and staff must have completed the 120-day probationary period (90 days for Bargaining Unit employees) to use voucher funds.
    • Students/learners must be full-time post-doctoral fellows; doctoral or medical students; residents, interns, or housestaff. Contact your department if you are not sure of your status.
Scholarship Application
  1. You must first visit the JHU Partner Center(s) in which you are interested, and submit an application for enrollment to be placed on the center’s waitlist.
  2. Submit your application for Child Care Voucher and Scholarship. Application for scholarship is one and the same as the Child Care Voucher application. When you apply for the voucher, indicate that you are interested in the scholarship.
  3. Once you are offered a slot, you must notify our office right away. Call the Benefits Service Center at 410-516-2000, or email childcare@jhu.edu to activate your scholarship. The Family Services Team will initiate automated payroll disbursements for your award. Please tell the center that you are applying or approved for scholarship.

All faculty, staff, and students/learners must re-elect the scholarship and resubmit income verification during Annual Enrollment in fall each year to qualify for funding in the next award year.

Scholarship Payments

If you are enrolling at a partner center, please contact childcare@jhu.edu immediately to activate your scholarship award.

Once you are enrolled in the center, half of your monthly scholarship will be paid to you in each paycheck, and taxes will be withheld at the supplemental income rate. You will then be responsible for paying full tuition directly to your child care center. You will receive the scholarship funds in the two pay periods before tuition is due so that you can pay it ahead of time. For example, your June scholarship will arrive in your two May paychecks. The award schedule is as follows:

Award Month: Deposit Dates
January 2021 scholarship: Dec. 15 and Dec. 31, 2020
February 2021: Jan 15 and Jan 29, 2021
March: Feb 15 and Feb 26
April: Mar 15 and Mar 31
May: Apr 15 and Apr 30
June: May 14 and May 31
July: Jun 15 and Jun 30
August: Jul 15 and Jul 30
September: Aug 13 and Aug 31
October: Sept 15 and Sept 30
November: Oct 15 and Oct 29
December: Nov 15 and Nov 30

You are responsible for paying full tuition to the school, as indicated on your parent contract. Regardless of your eligibility for a scholarship, Johns Hopkins is not responsible for your tuition payment.

Using the Child Care Voucher

You may also use the Child Care Voucher to reimburse yourself for out-of-pocket tuition. In fact, you should use the voucher first to reimburse yourself for out-of-pocket tuition in Discovery Benefits, (since the voucher is tax-free), and then use the scholarship to pay for the rest. It is prohibited to use the voucher to reimburse yourself for spending scholarship funds, and use of funds in this way will disqualify you from the program. The table below shows an estimation of your net scholarship award and recommended monthly voucher reimbursement.

If you are paid by a Fellowship only:

The full amount of your monthly scholarship will be paid to you in your paycheck once per month month, and you will be responsible for paying the full tuition directly to your child care center and required estimated taxes to the IRS. You will receive the funds in one pay period before tuition is due so that you can pay it on time at the first of the month. Please review your original NOTIFICATION TO FELLOWSHIP RECIPIENTS regarding important tax considerations. You scholarship award is included as fellowship income.

PLEASE NOTE, ALL SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR:

  • Repaying any scholarship amounts that exceed tuition in combination with a child care voucher you receive;
  • Notifying  if you terminate, graduate, or change to an ineligible status, and repaying resulting overpayments;
  • Notifying Benefits & WorkLife if you disenroll or change the status of your child (e.g. full-time to part-time) in one of the partner centers;
  • Recertifying your scholarship during the annual enrollment period that occurs each fall for the following year; and
  • Abiding by your enrollment/tuition agreement with the center and paying balance in excess of your scholarship award due to the center after the scholarship is applied.
Application FAQ

ELIGIBILITY

1. AM I ELIGIBLE?

You must have a child enrolled in one of the three JHU partner child care centers: the Homewood Early Learning Center, Bright Horizons Child Care and Early Learning Center at Johns Hopkins, or the Weinberg Early Childhood Center, to be eligible for the Child Care Scholarship.

Eligibility is dependent on your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) and the number of children under age six (6) that you have in child care. If you have a spouse or legal partner, he or she must be employed or enrolled in school at least 15 hours per week, be actively looking for work, or have documentation that a disabling condition prevents full-time caregiving, to qualify for this program.

Faculty and Staff:

Full-time Johns Hopkins University faculty, staff, and bargaining unit members who are full-time benefits-eligible and have completed their 120-day probationary period (or 90 days for bargaining unit) may be eligible for the Child Care Scholarship program.

Students and Learners:

The following graduate students are eligible for the Child Care Scholarship program:

  • Full-time doctoral and medical students
    • For students of Whiting and Krieger, this includes non-resident and post-certified full-time doctoral students)
  • Full-time postdoctoral fellows
    • School of Medicine fellows who receive their pay from a sponsoring institution, and are not paid by JHU, may have a conflict of interest with receiving child care voucher and/or scholarship funds. Contact your fellowship administrator to confirm. It is your responsibility to identify potential conflicts and decline to receive the funds as needed. Please notify benefits@jhu.edu if you must decline due to conflict of interest.
  • Residents, interns, and trainees

2. WHO IS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR THE SCHOLARSHIP BENEFIT?

If your child is enrolled in a child care center other than one of the three JHU partners, you are not eligible. Please see the Child Care Voucher program instead.

Faculty and Staff: Those who are not employed by Johns Hopkins University; visiting faculty; temporary, limited, part-time, or casual employees; and those who are not benefits-eligible, are not eligible for this program.

Students and Learners: Visiting scientists and researchers; undergraduate and master’s students, are not eligible for this program.

Benefits-eligible School of Medicine fellows who receive their pay from a sponsoring institution, and are not paid by JHU, may have a conflict of interest with receiving child care voucher and/or scholarship funds. Contact your fellowship administrator to confirm. It is your responsibility to identify potential conflicts and decline to receive the funds as needed. Please notify benefits@jhu.edu if you must decline due to conflict of interest.

3. WHAT ABOUT INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AND NON-RESIDENTS of the u.s.?

International students here on a visa and individuals who do not have U.S. residency are eligible as long as they are otherwise in the eligible group and meet all other criteria. Individuals can check with their divisional administration about eligibility. As long as you are an enrolled student who meets the above criteria, you are eligible to participate.

4. What if my spouse is in the U.S. on a visa that does not allow them to work?

If you have a spouse or legal partner, they must be employed or enrolled in school at least 15 hours per week, be actively looking for work, or have documentation that a disabling condition prevents full-time caregiving, to qualify for this program. If your spouse or legal partner has a visa that does not allow them to work in the U.S., then actively looking for work is not an acceptable status, and you do not qualify for the scholarship program.

5. I HAVE MULTIPLE CHILDREN UNDER AGE SIX. HOW WILL THIS AFFECT MY CHILD CARE SCHOLARSHIP?

Having additional children under the age of 6 can affect your scholarship in two ways. First, the income caps rise by $10,000 for each additional child you have. Please review your tax form and the table below carefully.

Next, if you have multiple children, for each one that attends a JHU partner center, you receive a scholarship award. Scholarships are awarded per child, not per family.

6. I HAVE TWO CHILDREN UNDER AGE 6, BUT ONLY ONE ATTENDS A JHU PARTNER CENTER. AM I STILL ELIGIBLE FOR THE INCREASED INCOME CAP?

Yes, the income chart is based on family size and AGI. If your children are not attending kindergarten, you can consider them when using the income chart to determine your maximum scholarship award. As long as one of your children attends a JHU Partner Center, you are eligible to receive an award for them.

7. I’M STILL NOT SURE IF I’M ELIGIBLE. WHO SHOULD I TALK TO?

Employees, please contact Benefits and WorkLife at 410-516-2000 or Benefits@jhu.edu.

Students, please see the school-specific eligibility language below. If you are still unsure if your student position is eligible, ask the divisional contact for your own school:

Berman Institute Julia Chill
jchill@jhu.edu
Carey Business School Jeanette Proakis
Carey.Student@jhu.edu
Krieger School Renee Eastwood
rseitz5@jhu.edu
includes non-resident and post-certified full-time doctoral students
Peabody Conservatory Donna Cureton
dstinne1@jhu.edu
SAIS Jon Youngs
jyoungs1@jhu.edu
School of Education Teresa Murray
teri.murray@jhu.edu
School of Medicine SOM Benefits Office
SOMBenefits@jhmi.edu
includes fellows who are paid by partnering institutions instead of JHU; see FAQ #2
School of Nursing Registrar’s Office
SON-RegistrarsOffice@jhu.edu
includes fulltime PhD or DNP students, and all DNP Advanced Practice Students; excludes Executive DNP students
School of Public Health Edna Koimur
ekoimur1@jhu.edu
Whiting School of Engineering Christine Kavanagh
christinekavanagh@jhu.edu
includes non-resident and post-certified full-time doctoral students

8. WHAT IF I DID NOT FILE US TAXES LAST YEAR? HOW DO I VERIFY MY INCOME FOR ELIGIBILITY?

If you do not have a US tax form, you may submit alternate documentation of income in the form of:

  • A letter from your supervisor, sponsoring organization, or national government stating your income.
  • It must be on letterhead, be signed, and have legible contact information in case we need to verify income. In our experience, sponsoring organizations are happy to provide this type of letter.
  • Documentation of spouse or domestic partner’s income is also required.If you have additional questions about alternate documentation, please contact (410) 516-2000 or benefits@jhu.edu.

TYPES OF CARE

9. WHERE CAN I USE THE CHILD CARE SCHOLARSHIP?

The scholarship may only be used if your child is enrolled at one of the following JHU partner centers. If you would like to join the waitlist to enroll your child at one of our partner centers, read more here.

Bright Horizons at Johns Hopkins
98 North Broadway – “Johns Hopkins Child Care and Early Learning Center”
Apply Now
JHopkins@BrightHorizons.com

Homewood Early Learning Center
200 Wyman Park Drive
Apply Now
Info@HomewoodELC.org

Weinberg Early Childhood Center
2100 Ashland Avenue (Henderson Hopkins School building)
Apply Now
WeinbergECC@JHU.edu

10. WHAT IF I AM ON A WAIT LIST AT A JOHNS HOPKINS PARTNER CENTER?

Indicate that you are interested in the scholarship when you apply for the Child Care Voucher; the application for each program is the same. This will allow you to be approved for the funds in case you are offered a spot.

If you need to identify care while you are on a wait list, Johns Hopkins faculty, staff, and students have access to enhanced child care resources and referrals through the Maryland Family Network’s LOCATE service. The LOCATE database includes all registered and licensed family and group child care in Maryland. Find more information about LOCATE: Child Care on the HR website.

11. CAN I USE THE SCHOLARSHIP FOR ANOTHER CHILD CARE CENTER?

Scholarships are only available for JHU’s three partner centers.

If you meet the eligibility requirements, you may apply for the Child Care Voucher for any care, including licensed centers and informal, in-home care. Employee enrollment for vouchers is October 14-30, 2020; student enrollment for vouchers is November 1-30, 2020, with two mid-year enrollment periods in February and September 2021.

The Maryland State Department of Education also offers financial assistance to eligible working families. For more information about the Maryland Child Care Scholarship, visit the MSDE website.

FUNDS

12. HOW DO I RECEIVE THE FUNDS?

The full amount of your scholarship will be paid to you, in your paycheck, with taxes withheld. You will then be responsible for paying the full tuition directly to your child care center. You will receive the scholarship funds in the two pay periods before tuition is due so that you can pay it on time at the first of the month. For example, your December scholarship will arrive in your two November paychecks.

For the first month your child is enrolled: You will receive a one-time “catch up” distribution for the first month of enrollment in your paycheck. You will use those funds to pay for the remaining balance of your tuition. (You also will receive the first half of the next month’s scholarship in that paycheck; the second will be in the following paycheck.)

Through the rest of the year, you will receive each month’s award in half installments in the two pay periods that precede that month.

PLEASE NOTE, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR:

  • Repaying any scholarship amounts that exceed tuition in combination with a voucher you receive
  • Notifying the Benefits Office if you terminate, graduate, or change to an ineligible status, and repaying resulting overpayments
  • Notifying the Benefits Office if you disenroll or change the status of your child (e.g. full-time to part-time) in one of the partner centers

By accepting these scholarship funds, you are agreeing to repayment of any amount overpaid to you from your JH payroll checks immediately upon notification.

Certain postdoctoral fellows may be awarded in one paycheck each month and are required to pay quarterly taxes according to rules that outline their fellowship.

13. WHY IS THE AMOUNT IN MY PAYCHECK LOWER THAN MY MONTHLY SCHOLARSHIP AWARD?

Your award is a taxable benefit, and just like salary and other income, the gross amount is reduced by withholding taxes and the net amount is received in your pay. Scholarship funds are subject to Federal, State, Local, Social Security, and Medicare withholding.

14. CAN I GET THE SCHOLARSHIP AS SOON AS MY CHILD IS ENROLLED AT A JH PARTNER CENTER?

Yes, scholarships are available throughout the year. Families must apply to one or more of the three partner centers and then apply for the scholarship. Typically a family will be placed on a waitlist for the center, and their scholarship will be considered “pending” until a vacancy opens up. Once the child has a start date to enroll at the center, notify Benefits and WorkLife immediately so the payroll process can be initiated for you to receive your award.

Applicants should elect the scholarship each year during the enrollment period. If you are offered a spot at a partner center and have not already elected the scholarship, contact Benefits and WorkLife at 410-516-2000, or benefits@jhu.edu right away.

15. IS THERE A WAIT LIST TO GET INTO THE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM?

There is no wait for the scholarship, however there are wait lists at the JHU partner centers for some age groups. If you would like to use the scholarship, we recommend that you apply to a partner center as soon as possible, and elect the scholarship during open enrollment. Once you are offered a spot, notify Benefits and WorkLife immediately so the payroll process can be initiated for you to receive your award. Contact the centers directly to apply for a spot.

Bright Horizons at Johns Hopkins
98 North Broadway – “Johns Hopkins Child Care and Early Learning Center”
Apply Now
JHopkins@BrightHorizons.com

Homewood Early Learning Center
200 Wyman Park Drive
Apply Now
Info@HomewoodELC.org

Weinberg Early Childhood Center
2100 Ashland Avenue (Henderson Hopkins School building)
Apply Now
WeinbergECC@JHU.edu

16. MY SPOUSE ALSO WORKS FOR JHU. CAN I RECEIVE MORE SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS?

If a child has two parents who meet the eligibility requirements for a scholarship to a JHU partner center, that child (or multiple children) will receive double the award, up to the full cost of tuition. Both parents must apply for the scholarship, and scholarship awards will not exceed 100% of tuition.

17. BOTH MY SPOUSE AND I RECEIVED THE SCHOLARSHIP, AND JUST ONE OF US PAYS THE REMAINING TUITION TO THE CENTER. WHICH ONE OF US WILL HAVE TAXES WITHHELD FROM OUR PAY?

You will both be awarded and taxed on scholarship in your individual pay statements as the scholarship benefit is per person, per child (not per family).

18. MY VOUCHER AND SCHOLARSHIP EXCEED TUITION AT THE CENTER. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

You are responsible for paying back any amount that exceeds tuition. Contact the Benefits Service Center at 410-516-2000 or email benefits@jhu.edu immediately.

19. I HAVE BOTH SCHOLARSHIP AND VOUCHER. CAN I USE BOTH?

Yes, you can combine scholarship and voucher to increase the benefits you receive. In fact, you should make sure to use voucher funds fully because they are tax-free. To calculate the appropriate voucher amount to use each month, we recommend that you divide your annual award across 12 months. The monthly scholarship awards are capped at 1/12 of the annual amount.

Annual Voucher Award Monthly Voucher Annual Scholarship Award Monthly Scholarship
$5,000 $417 $13,000 $1,083
$2,500 $208 $10,000 $833
$1,000 $83 $7,000 $583

You may use your voucher funds as you see fit, as long as use does not exceed the difference between your tuition and your scholarship. It is prohibited to use the voucher to reimburse yourself for spending scholarship funds, and use of funds in this way will disqualify you from the program. Contact the Benefits Service Center at 410-516-2000 or benefits@jhu.edu if you have questions about the combination of your voucher and scholarship.

20. EVEN AFTER RECEIVING THIS SCHOLARSHIP, I WILL NEED MORE HELP PAYING FOR CHILD CARE. ARE THERE ANY OTHER PROGRAMS?

You may apply for the Child Care Voucher and can read about it on the HR website. If you follow the application guidelines and meet the eligibility requirements for both, you may combine the voucher and the scholarship. Different rules apply for the voucher, so please read the website carefully.

Employee enrollment for the voucher and scholarship is October 14-30, 2020; student enrollment for the voucher and scholarship is November 1-30, 2020, February 2021, and September 2021 for vouchers for calendar year 2021.

We understand that paying for child care can be challenging. Many families consider flexible work schedules, part-time care or other informal arrangements to find an affordable solution. We encourage you to read about Maryland Family Network’s LOCATE: Child Care services and complete the registration form to connect with a specialist who’ll provide resources and referrals to child care that meets your budget.

The Maryland State Department of Education also offers financial assistance to eligible working families. For more information about the Maryland Child Care Scholarship, visit the MSDE website.

You may qualify for the Covid-19 Caregiving Relief Fund if you have paid for additional child care expenses as a direct result of COVID-19.

21. CAN I USE THE CHILD CARE SCHOLARSHIP IF I ALREADY RECEIVE FUNDING FOR CHILD CARE FROM ANOTHER SOURCE?

Eligibility is not affected by participation in other programs that fund child care. If you are receiving child care assistance from the state of Maryland or another private or public funding source outside of JHU, you are still eligible for the child care scholarship.

22. CAN I USE THE CHILD CARE SCHOLARSHIP IF I AM ALSO USING A DEPENDENT CARE FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNT (DCFSA) OR BACKUP CARE?

Yes. Scholarship funding is taxable and therefore does not affect your DCFSA or Backup Care spending.

For more information about the Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account, available to full-time faculty or staff, visit the DCFSA webpage.

For more information about Backup Care, available at a reduced rate for staff, faculty and students according to specific eligibility guidelines, visit the Backup Care webpage.

TAXES

23. HOW DO I FIND MY ADJUSTED GROSS INCOME (AGI)?

Your federal income tax return will indicate your AGI. It is on line 7 if you filed a Form 1040 in 2019.

24. WHAT IF I HAVE A NEW DEPENDENT WHO WAS NOT CLAIMED ON MY MOST RECENT TAX RETURN?

We understand and accept that a new dependent might not be claimed on last year’s tax forms. When enrolling for the Child Care Voucher, the system will request documentation of your new dependent. If you have not yet received a copy of your child’s birth certificate, dated live hospital discharge papers are acceptable.

Employees: Follow the instructions from the benefits portal, myChoices Health & Life Enrollment, to add your child. Please contact (410) 516-2000 or benefits@jhu.edu if you have questions.

Students: Follow the instructions in the 2020 student application form, to add your child. Please contact childcare@jhu.edu if you have questions.

25. WHAT TAX DOCUMENTS DO I NEED TO PROVIDE?

To verify family income, you must submit completed, signed (or e-filed) copies of your 2019 US federal income tax return.

  • If you and your spouse were married filing separately, BOTH tax forms are required.
  • If you filed as Head of Household and have a spouse or domestic partner living in your home who also contributes to household or child care expenses, BOTH tax forms are required.

If you do not have a US tax form, you may submit alternate documentation of income in the form of:

  • A letter from your supervisor, sponsoring organization, or national government stating your income.
  • It must be on letterhead, be signed, and have legible contact information in case we need to verify income. In our experience, sponsoring organizations are happy to provide this type of letter.
  • Documentation of spouse or domestic partner’s income is also required.If you have additional questions about alternate documentation, please contact (410) 516-2000 or benefits@jhu.edu.

26. DO I HAVE TO PAY TAXES ON MY CHILD CARE SCHOLARSHIP?

Yes. The Child Care Scholarships are taxable funds.

For those who receive a W-2 from the university: You will be taxed at each pay cycle and will see the scholarship tax deduction on your pay stub. Scholarship funds are subject to Federal, State, Local, Social Security, and Medicare withholding.

For students who do not receive a W-2 from the university: 

For students who are non-resident aliens:

  • If you are a non-resident student and you receive a W-2 from the university, these child care dollars may be taxable income.
  • If you are a non-resident student and you do NOT receive a W-2, the child care dollars awarded to you are taxable. The university is obligated to report and withhold (14%) on the child care dollars awarded to you.
  • To determine your residency status, you may be required to complete a Foreign National Information Form (FNIF).

For those who are paid by a fellowship only:

  • For US citizens and resident aliens, fellowship payments ARE NOT reported to you on IRS form W-2 or 1099; for nonresident aliens, fellowship payments are reported on IRS form 1042-S.
  • Please review your original NOTIFICATION TO FELLOWSHIP RECIPIENTS regarding important tax considerations. Your scholarship award is included as fellowship income. It is your responsibility to make any required estimated federal and state income tax payments quarterly.

If you need tax help, eligible employees and students may receive one free tax consultation, per topic, per year through mySupport. Call 443-997-7000 to request a tax consultation.

27. WHAT IF MY FAMILY’S AGI OR TAX CIRCUMSTANCES LAST YEAR ARE SIGNIFICANTLY DIFFERENT FROM THIS YEAR?

Eligibility for childcare voucher and scholarship is determined primarily by family income (AGI). If you experienced a qualified life event that has caused your AGI at the time of this application to be lower than your AGI from your taxes last year, you will need to provide additional documentation. Approved Life Events included: divorce or separation, change in student status, death of a spouse or partner, job loss or layoff. Documentation is required in all cases. Please refer to the list below for acceptable documentation. When entering your AGI in the application, you should enter your revised AGI based on the life event experienced.

In order to be considered, the revised AGI must fall within the income ranges for eligibility. Families whose AGI is outside of the stated ranges are not eligible. You will still need to submit the required tax documents and dependent verification.

Additional Required Documents:

  • Divorce or separation – 1. Official court document on letterhead or court stationery, must clearly state the effective date; 2. Proof of applicant’s wages (i.e. W-2, Box 1)
  • Death of spouse or partner – 1. Death certificate; 2. Proof of applicant’s wages (i.e. W-2, Box 1)
  • Job loss or layoff – 1. Employer’s letter on letterhead outlining terms of layoff; 2. Proof of unemployment benefits; 3. Proof of applicant’s wages (i.e. W-2, Box 1)
  • Change in student status – 1. Official enrollment or transcript to demonstrate student status, and wage statement if any; 2. Proof of applicant’s wages (i.e. W-2, Box 1)

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS

28. HOW DO I APPLY?

You must first visit the JHU Partner Center(s) in which you are interested, and submit an application for enrollment to be placed on the center’s waitlist. Submit your application for Child Care Voucher and Scholarship. Application for scholarship is one and the same as the Child Care Voucher application. When you apply for the voucher, indicate that you are interested in the scholarship.

Once you are offered a slot, you must notify our office right away. Call the Benefits Service Center at 410-516-2000, or email childcare@jhu.edu to activate your scholarship. The Family Services Team will initiate automated payroll disbursements for your award. Please tell the center that you are applying or approved for scholarship.

All faculty, staff and students/learners must re-elect the scholarship and resubmit income verification during annual enrollment each year.

Faculty/Staff Annual Enrollment for 2021 funding is October 14-30, 2020.

Student/Learner Annual Enrollment for 2021 funding is November 1-30, 2020. Students/Learners may also apply for partial year funding in February and September.

Mid-Year Entry: Funds are awarded by calendar year. If you apply after January 1, your award will be pro-rated to the first day of the month following the complete submission of the required application documents. You may only apply outside of the designated enrollment periods if you are a new hire, new student, or have had a qualifying life event.

  • New Hires: You are eligible for the benefit the 1st of the month following your 120 day wait period, (90 days for Bargaining Unit).
  • New Students: You are eligible for the benefit on the first day of your full-time semester/term.
  • Qualifying Life Events: Birth, adoption or marriage will allow you to enroll in the program outside of the annual enrollment period. You must enroll within 30 days of the life event and the benefit will be effective the 1st of the month following the event. A change in child care needs due to Covid-19 allows you to apply mid-year.

In the unlikely event of a change in funding or availability,
please note that JHU reserves the right to pause, reduce, or discontinue the program for any reason.