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Student Parents & Families

Graduate student reads a book to his children in living room.

UC Davis provides an abundance of resources for graduate students with dependent families. These resources assist graduate students achieve their educational goals by acknowledging the time and resources that they devote to parenting and other family concerns.

Childcare Options

Both on-campus and off-campus resources for children of any age can be found at the UC Davis WorkLife and Wellness site.

Financial Assistance for Childcare

Students enrolled a degree program who can claim dependent children 12 years old younger and who incur child care expenses are eligible for financial assistance to offset the cost of child care through the UC Davis Student Parent Child Care Funding Program.

Breastfeeding Support Program

The Breastfeeding Support Program provides university affiliates and their partners with lactation consultations, support group meetings, and the use of hospital grade breast pumps located in close to 40 lactation sites on the UC Davis campus as well as 10 sites at UC Davis Medical Center. UC Davis policy provides a site within a 5 minute walk of every building on campus. The program is available to employees and students and their partners who register.


On-Campus university housing offers priority housing at the Solano Park Apartments to eligible graduate, professional, and undergraduate students who reside with dependent minor child(ren), are expecting a child, or are married or in domestic partnerships.  A resident of Solano Park, Sara Petrosillo, describes her family's experience there. "I couldn’t imagine a healthier atmosphere than Davis. The family housing hasn’t just balanced work and life—it has shaped my family’s life and made it possible to intertwine work and life with the best possible outcome."

In addition, we are in the middle of a Student Family Housing Redevelopment project to address future student family needs.

Student Health Insurance Program, Voluntary Coverage for Dependents

Undergraduate, graduate and professional students who are enrolled in Davis SHIP have the option to enroll eligible dependents in a voluntary plan. The plan provides medical insurance and the option to purchase dental/vision benefits. Enrollment in the dependent plan is managed by Wells Fargo (on behalf of Aetna Student Health) and the cost of insurance (premiums) for dependents is paid directly to Wells Fargo. Insurance Services does not manage the enrollment or collect payments for the dependent plan. 

Planned Educational Leave Program (PELP)

Graduate students are eligible for a maximum 3 quarters leave of absence with department and Graduate Studies approval; an extension can be requested. The purpose of PELP is to enhance the prospect of a graduate student successfully completing their academic program by allowing time for the student to resolve personal, financial or medical problems, including care for a child or family member. The “clock” is stopped during the time a student is in PELP. To apply for PELP, read the informational materials and then contact your graduate program staff coordinator for the application form.

Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Other Medical & Family Leave for Funded Graduate Students

If you are employed as an Academic Student Employee (TA, Reader, Tutor, AI), or as a Graduate Student Researcher (GSR), or supported by an internal or external fellowship, you may be eligible for certain leaves. See our campus policy on graduate student leaves and speak with staff in your hiring department for more information.

Additional resources can be found on our Support and Resources page.