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Eligible Dependent Care Expenses

A Dependent Care FSA is the smart way to help pay for eligible dependent care expenses. Here is a list of those expenses.


Eligible Dependent Care Expenses
Expense Type





The cost of a babysitter, whether in or out of the home, is reimbursable. Note: The cost of the babysitter must be for work-related care and not for personal reasons such as while participant and spouse go out to dinner or a movie. Also see In-home care; and Relative, amounts paid to.

Background Check Fee

See Au Pair; Indirect Expenses

Before-School Care


The cost of before-school care (care before the start of the school day) is reimbursable. The primary purpose must be for care of the child and not for education.  Also see After-school care; Tuition, kindergarten or higher; and Tuition, preschool or nursery, Indirect fees.

Boarding School See Tuition, kindergarten or higher.

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