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The Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account (FSA) allows you to pay for eligible out-of-pocket dependent day care services with pre-tax dollars.

Enroll to Participate

You may enroll for FSA benefits only once a year during Annual Enrollment or if you experience a qualified status change.



Contribute Pre-Tax

  • $200 to $5,000 (or $2,500 if married and filing separate tax returns)
  • “Use it or lose it” at year end

Eligible Expenses

For eligible dependent day care-related expenses such as day care for:

  • Children
  • Elderly parent
  • Disabled spouse

View a full list of eligible expenses.

Get Reimbursed for Eligible Expenses

File a claim for reimbursement:

  • Save all itemized receipts
  • You can’t use your Dependent Care FSA to pay for health care expenses
  • Can receive reimbursement automatically in your bank account

You have until March 31 following the plan year to submit claims for services incurred through December 31 of the current Plan year.


Money in your Dependent Care FSA is available only after it has been deducted from your pay. Your account works like a checking account that you pay into every pay period, so you can only spend as much as you have contributed to date.

You must use all the money in your account during the Plan year. Per IRS rules, you forfeit any money remaining in your Dependent Care FSA at the end of the Plan year.