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Caregiver Assistance Fellowship

This award was created to support graduate students who are parents or caregivers to dependent children, dependent adults, or elderly parents in their household who have had additional financial burden due to COVID-19 closures. The Graduate College is committed to supporting student parents and family caregivers to meet their care obligations while they pursue their academic goals during the current pandemic.

About the Caregiver Assistance Fellowship

This fellowship is intended for graduate students who, due to current closures of schools and care facilities, have transitioned to be the full-time primary caregiver in their household impacting their ability to work or hold an assistantship. This fellowship is also intended for students who have had additional and/or unanticipated care costs for a dependent or parent due to pandemic closures.

Qualifying students should be legally and/or financially reponsible for one (or more) of the following in their household to meet the criteria:

  • Dependent child under 18
  • Dependent adult*
  • Parent or elderly adult for whom applicant is primary caregiver or has medical power of attorney 

*Dependent adult for this purpose is defined as someone between 18 and 64 that has certain mental or physical disabilities that keep them from being able to do normal activities or protect themselves

Award Details

  • Awards of up to $2,500/semester are available to eligible applicants.

NOTE:  Fellowship is applied to recipient's ASU Financial Aid and is subject to all related terms and conditions.

Terms of Award

  • Recipients must be enrolled in an on-campus immersion graduate degree program
  • Recipients must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA; award will not disburse if GPA is below a 3.0
  • Recipients must maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by unit and Graduate College



Applications due by 11:59 p.m. on January 31, 2021.

Late applications will not be accepted.


In order to be eligible to receive this award:

  • Student must be enrolled in an on-campus immersion graduate program (Master's or Doctoral) in Spring 2021
  • Student must be in good academic standing with at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Student must be legally and/or financially responsible for one (or more) of the following in their household: dependent child, dependent adult*, parent/elderly adult

Submission Procedures

Student must submit a complete Graduate College Caregiver Assistance Fellowship Application by the stated deadline for consideration. Application includes a brief summary of the financial impact of dependent/eldercare that student is seeking assistance for. Applications received by published deadline will be reviewed for eligibility and funding. 

The Graduate College will send email notifications (to ASU email addresses only) 4-6 weeks after the application deadline. Award recipients must complete and return the award's Confirmation Form. Upon receipt of completed Confirmation Form by stated deadline, recipient will have award amount offered as Financial Aid and posted to ASU student account.

Any questions should be submitted to

Additional Information 


Each fellow is personally responsible for individual taxes related to this award. Additional information regarding tax issues related to awards can be found at tax considerations. Specific questions should be directed to a tax advisor or contact the ASU Financial Aid and Scholarship Services.


An "overaward" is when a student’s need based awards exceed his/her financial need, or the total of the awards exceeds the cost of attendance. If a student has been overawarded, federal regulations require ASU to adjust his/her awards which may result in a reduction in awards or a bill. Need based aid include grants, scholarships, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loans,  and outside resources (i.e. faculty/staff tuition benefits, scholarships, stipends, etc.). Non-need based aid includes unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans, Federal Graduate PLUS Loans and Private Education Loans. Questions regarding overawards should be directed to the ASU Financial Aid and Scholarship Services.