Back-Up Care

How Much Does it Cost?

There is no cost to register for the Back-Up Care Advantage Program®. Columbia University covers most of the costs for back-up care.

After care is received, you are billed for the copay as follows:

  • Center-Based Child Care: $2 copay per hour per child for child care facilities

  • In-Home Care for Children or Adults: $6 copay per hour for the first 50 hours used; $9 per hour for each hour in excess of 50 up to the 100 hour limit (for up to three dependents in the home). Note there is a 4 hour minimum for this option.

  • It is also worth noting that your backup care co-pays may be a qualified expense if you have a dependent care flexible spending account.