Troy University helps student-parents save money

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -- Students spend thousands of dollars on their college education every year but students with children spend even more on child care centers. Now a new program at Troy is helping resolve some of those problems.

"Being a student you already have so many expenses and also being a parent you just add those expenses even more to your plate," Marlee Boswell, student at Troy said.

All four Troy University locations are offering a new program to help their students with children called CCAMPIS - Child Care Access Means Parents in School.

"A federal grant we applied for and received and its to help low income students, troy students to have access to high quality child care," Cynthia Hicks, CCAMPIS project coordinator said.

To qualify, students must attend one of the Troy campuses, complete the Federal Student Aid application (FASFA) and be eligible to receive Pell Grants....

"Well in looking at the cost of daycare every childcare charges different amounts and that's why we wrote into the grant that we will pay up to 100 dollars a week and for some centers that will pay their child care fees," Hicks said.

The $246,562 grant from the U.S. Department of Education will help serve up to 40 children at the child care center of choice.

"They realize the need for a better workforce out there and it's really important for the last several years through other grants we have been able to work with other area child care facilities and they have been very gracious that they receive the extra help in there," Hicks said.

Including the Coleman Center for Early Learning and Family Enrichment at the Troy Dothan campus.

Not only helping the students education but their children as well....

"It's a win, win. It's a win for our parents and it's also a win for the children and for Troy University and the Coleman Center. It will actually increase our pool, give other people the opportunity to get in that may not be normally able to get in so were certain that we will increase our enrollment," Nancy Mitta, director of Coleman Center said.

But for the students, it means even more.

"So having this opportunity it takes a huge stress off of yourself and off of your finances, your family, and it just helps incredibly whenever you don't have to worry about if your child is going to be taken care of that day while you go to work or school," Boswell said.

Along with the new program, student-parents are also required to attend two workshop classes to educate parents on how to help their children develop their language and literacy skills.