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Program Eligibility and Guidelines

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Below is a summary of the CCSG Program Guidelines. For full details, please review the 2024 CCSG Program Guidelines.


To be eligible for the CCSG, you:

  • Are a university employee in a benefit-eligible position based in the United States
  • Work at least 50% time, and have an appointment of at least six months (or four months for bargaining unit employees)

Who is not eligible? 

Undergraduates, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and Stanford Hospitals & Clinics employees are not eligible for this program.

Your Household

If you share a household with the parent of your child(ren), they are considered your co-applicant and must meet one of the requirements listed here.  You will need to provide their financial documents in order to be considered for assistance.

If you are married, have a registered domestic partner, or share a household with the parent of your child(ren), they must be:

  • Employed at least 50% FTE, or
  • A full-time student, or
  • Disabled, per the IRS definition

If your spouse or partner is able to work but is currently unemployed, please apply when they obtain employment. If that occurs after the current application period, please refer to the Application Period Calendar shown above to confirm the next available application period.

Your Child(ren) Must Be…

  • Your legal dependent(s) as shown on your 2022/2023 Tax Form 1040, or listed as a “qualified person(s)” per your 2022/2023 Tax Form 2441.
  • Under 13 years old when care is provided. Have a birth date on or after January 1, 2012.
  • “Qualified Persons“ includes foster or adopted children, per IRS Publication 17.

Your Income 

You must have a household income of $216,000 or less per year.

You must prove your financial need by submitting appropriate tax and wage documentation. This includes a copy of your 2021 or 2022 tax return(s) and current pay stubs. The household income calculation is based on all the financial documents submitted with each application, not the Adjusted Gross Income reported on your 1040.

The following chart shows how the grant awards are calculated based upon a projection of your household income and the age(s) of the child(ren) in question.

Household Income

Tax-Free Grant Amount

for Child Age 0-13

Taxable Grant Amount

for Child Age 0-13

$0–$150,000$5,000* ($208.33/period)$5,000
$150,000–$200,000$3,500* ($145.83/period)$3,500
$200,000-$216,000$2,000* ($83.33/period)$2,000