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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

Before an Au Pair Arrives
Au Pair Quality Screening, Selection, and Placement
Before an Au Pair Arrives
Sponsorship of J-1 Au Pair Visa
Before an Au Pair Arrives
Designated, Personalized Au Pair Matching Experts and Support
Before an Au Pair Arrives
Au Pair Training Academy
Before an Au Pair Arrives
Au Pair Flights and Travel Arrangements Provided by AuPairCare
Before an Au Pair Arrives
Au Pair Travel and Accident Insurance
After an Au Pair Arrives
Year-round, 24-hour Emergency Assistance and Support
After an Au Pair Arrives
Monthly Check-In with Local
AuPairCare Area Directors
After an Au Pair Arrives
Designated Local Area Director Support
After an Au Pair Arrives
Monthly Cultural Exchange & Host Family Event Opportunities

Payment Options
for Overseas Arriving Au Pairs

FlexMatch

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 Deposit
Due when you match with your au pair
$1,000
In-Person New York Welcome for Overseas Arriving Au Pairs
Included
Flights
Arrival and completion flights for overseas au pairs. No domestic flight fees like other agencies.
Included
Program Fee Balance
Due 30 days before your au pair arrives
$8,925
Minimum Au Pair Stipend*
More stipend paid directly to au pair and less agency fee
$215/week
FlexMatch Placement Protection
(non-refundable)
$389
FlexMatch
Average Annual Cost
$21,894

Standard

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 Deposit
Due when you match with your au pair
$1,000
In-Person New York Welcome for Overseas Arriving Au Pairs
Included
Flights
Arrival and completion flights for overseas au pairs. No domestic flight fees like other agencies.
Included
Program Fee Balance
Due 30 days before your au pair arrives
$8,925
Minimum Au Pair Stipend*
More stipend paid directly to au pair and less agency fee
$215/week
Standard
Average Annual Cost
$21,505
What is AuPairCare FlexMatch?

AuPairCare understands sometimes things change and host families may need to adjust their plans. Families can easily add FlexMatch for peace of mind protection to any placement! For more details, our Program Advisors are happy to help.

Non-refundable fees still apply.

Do you offer in-country au pairs?

While most families match with overseas au pairs, there are a limited number of available au pairs already in the United States. Availability is dependent on factors such as the au pair’s current location, specialization, and start date. Visit your Portal for current program pricing for au pairs already in the U.S.

Additional Costs

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DoS SEVIS visa processing fee

$35 Department of State fee for au pair’s J-1 visa DS-2019 form processing

au pair auto insurance
Automobile insurance

$5,000 auto medical coverage for au pair if they drive the family car(s)

au pair education expense
Educational allowance

Program component for host family to contribute $500 to au pair towards required educational experience

au pair room and board
Full room and board

Host family provides a private bedroom and regular meals for the au pair

Other  Considerations

au pair transportation
Transportation if required
  • State drivers’ license fees
  • Supplemental driving lessons
  • Local transport
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Living in the US
  • Cell phone plan
  • Local outings and experiences
  • Family vacations
host family
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. AuPairCare minimum weekly stipend is $215 per week which is higher than the U.S. Department of State minimum. Host families and au pairs are free to agree to a weekly stipend even higher than the $215 per week 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.

Proposed Updates to Program Regulations: The Department of State has published proposed new Au Pair Program Regulations. These are only proposed changes and the process to review will be extremely lengthy. If eventually finalized, there are provisions to keep matches 'grandfathered' into the current regulations. For more information, please see our detailed Federally Designated Au Pair Program webpage.

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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