Jim Sells Childcare Subsidy

Hardship Program (Updated 4/5/2021)

We know many families are still struggling during this time due to the pandemic. To lessen the impact of financial stress and loss of childcare, we have received approval from our SSWC Advisory Board to use unspent money from Jim Sells Childcare Subsidy to provide hardship funding. If you are experiencing financial stress to cover child(ren)’s food expenses while they’re home full-time, please apply for the Jim Sells Hardship Program - Food for Families. We hope this helps!

Please find the application and instructions for the Jim Sells Hardship Program - Food for Families

All PSU students are welcome to apply, provided that they meet the following requirements:

  1. Have dependent children.
  2. Must be enrolled in classes at PSU, at least half-time in spring 2021. “Half time enrollment” means:
  • at least 6 credits for undergraduate and post-bac students
  • at least 5 credits for graduate students
  • at least 1 credit for Ph.D. students, provided that they are also working on their dissertation.
  1. Household size of at least 2 people including yourself and children aged 17 or younger.
  2. Experiencing an unexpected financial hardship resulting from an emergency or crisis situation. 

You are NOT eligible for the Jim Sells Hardship Program if:

  • You are planning to use Jim Sells Childcare Subsidy to pay for childcare during Spring 2021.
  • You are a staff member and using the staff tuition privilege

Please apply early - funds are not guaranteed and will likely go quickly! If you have questions, please email us at jimsells@pdx.edu or visit our virtual office hours via Zoom. The winter term hours are Mondays and Wednesdays from 11 am to 1 pm.

About Us

The Jim Sells Childcare Subsidy provides childcare assistance in the form of a subsidy to eligible student families who could not otherwise afford the full cost of child care while attending Portland State University. Students with dependent children who are carrying 8 or more undergraduate or 5 or more graduate/postbac credits are eligible to apply. This program is open to students with children enrolled in either on or off campus childcare.For additional questions about the subsidy, or if you need assistance with the application make an appointment with one of our Jim Sells Subsidy Specialists.

The program can pay between 10- 50% of the cost of child care, depending on the student's financial need. Even if the deadline has passed, check and see if we still have funds available. Non-resident, international and undocumented students are welcome to apply.  If you have any questions, please stop by or give us a call on 503-725-9878.  Working students who are Oregon residents are encouraged to apply  for Employment Related Day Care Assistance or DHS Child Care Assistance. For More information on Employment Related Day Care (ERDC) CLICK HERE.

Additional Resources

Paying for Childcare can seem daunting - but there are a variety of both on and off campus resources available to you as a student parent. If you have any questions about these resources, please stop by our offices, send us an email or give us a call. We are available Monday-Friday,8am-5pm. Some additional resources include:

  • Child Care Access Means Parents In School (CCAMPIS) This grant helps pay a percentage towards on-campus childcare at Helen Gordon Child Development Center. You must have a child enrolled at Helen Gordon to be eligible..
  • Oregon DHS: Child Care The Employment Related Day Care program (ERDC) helps eligible low-income working families pay for child care.
  • Oregon Student Child Care Grant Assist parents enrolled in post-secondary education obtain safe, dependable care that supports their children’s development while allowing completion of the parent’s academic programs