Dependent Care FSAs

Save Money with a Dependent Care FSA

How would you like to save money on dependent care expenses that you're already paying for? Look into a dependent care (DepCare) FSA. You can use pre-tax money to cover eligible child care or elder day care expenses for your dependents. And the savings really add up!

Discover how others save money on our FSA Savings Examples page.

IMPORTANT: A DepCare FSA is used to pay for eligible, work-related expenses for the care of a qualified individual, such as day care, preschool, baby sitting expenses, or elder care. It is not used to pay for health care expenses incurred by a qualified individual. You can use a Health FSA to pay for health care expenses incurred by qualified individuals.

Eligible DepCare FSA Expenses

You may use your DepCare FSA funds to pay for day care expenses so you (and your spouse if you're married) can work or look for work.

  • Before and after-school care
  • Expenses for day care, preschool, or nursery school
  • Nanny services
  • Baby sitter (in or out of the home)
  • Summer day camp for your qualifying child under age 13
  • Elder day-care expenses of a qualifying individual

Learn more on our eligible expenses page.

Signing Up is Simple

It's easy to enroll in a DepCare FSA. An important first step is estimating your day care expenses for the upcoming year.

You can enroll in an FSA during your employer's open enrollment period. You may also be able to sign up if you have a change in status event recognized by your plan.

Find out more details on our Dependent Care FSA Enrollment page.

Using Your DepCare FSA

Knowing about your DepCare FSA will help you make the best use of your FSA benefits and keep more money in your paycheck. Get familiar with your CONEXIS online account. It's a great way to keep up with your FSA. Provide your email address and you'll receive email claim confirmations and helpful FSA tips throughout the year.

Use It or Lose It

All of your dependent care flexible spending account funds must be used by the end of your plan year. IRS rules state that unused funds can't be returned to you or carried over. If you don't use your FSA dollars, you lose them after the plan year ends.

IMPORTANT: Unlike the Health FSA, IRS rules do not allow a DepCare FSA to have a carryover feature.

Learn more about DepCare FSA rules on our Dependent Care FSA Guidelines page.