host family costs

Au Pair Agency Costs for Host Families

How much does an au pair cost? Our transparent pricing structure enables you to budget your childcare for the entire year since the cost remains the same, even as your family grows.

Cultural Exchange Au Pair Program

What's Included

Au Pair Quality Screening, Selection, and Placement
Designated, Personalized Au Pair Matching Support Expert
Designated Local Area Director
Monthly Cultural Exchange & Host Family Event Opportunities
Au Pair Travel and Accident Insurance
Sponsorship of J-1 Au Pair Visa
Au Pair Training Academy
Year-round, 24-hour Emergency Assistance and Support

Payment Options

Standard Schedule

$1,650 Average Monthly Cost
$19,760 Average Annual Cost
Application Fee (non-refundable) Due when you apply
$50
Provides Access to Searching Available Au Pairs and Begin Matching
Placement Fee (non-refundable)Due when you match with your au pair
$350
Program Fee DepositDue when you match with your au pair
$1,000
Program Fee BalanceDue 30 days before your au pair arrives
$8,180
Minimum Au Pair Stipend**Paid directly to your au pair
$195.75/week

Installment Schedule

$1,687 Average Monthly Cost
$20,235 Average Annual Cost
Application Fee (non-refundable) Due when you apply
$50
Provides Access to Search Available Au Pairs and Begin Matching
Placement Fee (non-refundable)Due when you match with your au pair
$350
Program Fee DepositDue when you match with your au pair
$1,000
Program Fee Down PaymentDue 30 days before your au pair arrives
$3,555
4 InstallmentsBegins 2 months after your au pair arrives
$1,275/each
Minimum Au Pair Stipend**Paid directly to your au pair
$195.75/week

Additional Costs

$35 DoS SEVIS visa processing fee
$500 educational allowance that you'll contribute towards your Au Pair’s educational requirement
Full room and board that you’ll provide - a private bedroom and regular meals for your Au Pair
Automobile insurance - should your Au Pair drive

Other Considerations

As you welcome an au pair as an extension of your family, consider including some of these potential extras in your budget.

Transportation if required

State drivers’ license fees
Supplemental driving lessons
Local transport

Living in the US

Cell phone plan
Local outings and experiences
Family vacations

Welcome to the Family

Holiday and birthday gifts
Bedroom furniture
Special Foods

**The U.S. Department of State calculation of the minimum weekly stipend is based on the federal minimum wage with a 40% deduction for room and board in exchange for childcare services. Host families and au pairs are free to agree to compensation higher than the legally applicable minimum. The minimum au pair stipend, educational reimbursement, and other options are subject to change based on updates to federal au pair regulations. Host families are obligated to pay the minimum weekly stipend and it cannot be withheld for any reason. Should any change occur, AuPairCare will notify all impacted parties.

Learn more about the federally-designated au pair program and how it may be impacted by state and local laws
here.

Program Options

In-Country Au Pairs

Some families may fit best with an au pair who is already in the United States. Availability is dependent on factors such as the au pair’s current location, specialization, and start date.

The program fee is $750 for each month remaining on the au pair’s program year.

Total cost includes: months left on program x $750 + $350 placement fee + the minimum weekly stipend** paid directly to the au pair. Families are responsible for the cost of the au pair's transportation to the new community.
Payment is due upon matching, and installment plans may be available.

Host Family Discounts

AuPairCare offers several types of discounts and promotions for our new and repeat host families.

Repeat Family

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Offer: Free application ($50) and $550 off of program fees

To Qualify: Be a returning AuPairCare host family matching with a 12-month au pair (overseas or in-country) following a completed placement to save $600

Thank You for Switching

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Offer: Free application ($50) and $300 off of program fees for a 12-month placement

To Qualify: Be new to AuPairCare and submit a paid invoice of previous au pair agency’s program fees  

Promo Code: T4SDISC

Military

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Offer: $500 off program fees

To Qualify: Be new to AuPairCare and show proof of active service in the military

Promo Code: MILITARY

*These discounts may not be combined with other promotions.

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