Southeastern welcomes students back for the start of classes this week while we continue to keep all faculty, staff and students who are not yet able to make it to campus in our thoughts as the region works to recover from devastating flooding.
We attempted to reach ALL our students in recent days, but we realize communication has been difficult, if not impossible for some. If you are just now able to see this message, please contact so we can have a better understanding of your status and work with you so you can attain your educational goals.


The Dependent Care FSA lets you use tax-free dollars to pay for child and elder day care expenses to enable you and your spouse to work or attend school full-time. You can use your FSA to pay for regular expenses such as day care, babysitting, and even summer day camp.

It is important to note that the maximum for the Dependent Care FSA is a “family maximum.” If your spouse has a Dependent Care FSA available at his or her employer and chooses to participate, your election amounts are combined. Your combined election amount cannot be higher than the maximum that pertains to you.

*Married, filing separately - $2500
*Married, filing jointly - $5000
*Married, incapable spouse - $5000
*Single, head of household - $5000
*Single $2500

Dependent Care FSAs differ from General-Purpose Health Care FSAs in that they are not “pre-funded.” This means that you can only be reimbursed for an amount up to the total you have deposited in your account at any given point in the year.

To qualify for dependent care reimbursement, an expense must meet the following requirements:

  • The expense must be for a qualified dependent
  • The expense must be for a qualified dependent care expense
  • The expense must occur during the Plan year

Participants have 45 days to incur eligible expenses to be reimbursed from unused amounts remaining at the end of the immediately preceding plan year. Eligible expenses must be received no later than 90 days after the end of the plan year in order to be paid. Money remaining in either account must be used prior to the end of the Plan Year or it will be forfeited. For this reason, accounts should be funded wisely.


For more information contact the Benefits Office at (985) 549-2587.