Faculty Portable Child Care Subsidy Program

February 23, 2024
Cynthia Barnhart, Provost |

Dear colleagues,

I write today to remind you about the support available to faculty through the Faculty Portable Child Care Subsidy (FPCCS) program. This program, now entering its second year, was created to address the high cost of child care – an ongoing challenge for many faculty members and their families. Eligible tenured or tenure-track faculty who apply and are approved will be granted $4,000 per calendar year per dependent under age 13 or of any age if physically or mentally unable to care for themselves.

This is an opt-in program. You must submit an application for approval and, once approved, you must submit eligible expenses to receive this benefit.

Program Information/Eligibility Criteria

The total family household income cap is $250,000 per calendar year. The Institute will validate family household income by reviewing cumulative household income and employment status with documents such as the previous year’s W-2 statements for the household, two most recent pay stubs, a Form 1099, a Schedule C form from the most recent tax income tax return, etc. Summer salary received counts toward your annual MIT income.

To be eligible, faculty spouses or domestic partners must either work at least 20 hours per week or provide proof of school enrollment or proof of disability from a physician or Social Security disability statement. For new faculty during their first year of eligibility, their spouse or domestic partner may be excused from the work requirement if they have relocated and are actively seeking employment.

Other required documentation includes:

  • Birth certificate to confirm age of each child (Note: if you have applied before, you do not need to resubmit your child’s birth certificate.)
  • Supporting documentation of child care expenses

The subsidies will be paid in the form of a salary supplement and are considered taxable income. For a list of eligible and ineligible expenses and other information, please see the FAQ document.

If you have any questions about this program, please contact Assistant Provost for Administration Elizabeth Lennox and Senior Director of Human Resources and Finance Dan Delgado in the Provost’s Office.


Cynthia Barnhart