On-campus day care centers are one way colleges cater to students with kids.

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On-campus day care centers are one way colleges cater to students with kids.
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Fifty-eight schools in 28 states received grants through the program this year, including large institutions such as the University of Alabama and Penn State University.

The majority of Erie's students fit that bill, says Brenda Feidt, director of the child development center at the school's campus in Buffalo.

Erie's campus day care charges an hourly rate, so parents can drop their child off and run to class or log a few hours in the library without paying for a full day, Feidt says. Most students receive free child care thanks to federal grants. Those who exceed the income threshold pay on a sliding scale.

"People who are over the income are paying $4 an hour to $4.75 an hour," she says. "You can't pay a baby sitter at home for that."

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