If you have any questions about our child care grants, please contact Sonja Banks at or 206.526.7944.

The 2018 Child Care Grant Application was open April 2-May 18, 2018, for funding beginning fall 2018. The application is now closed. Please complete the Interested Student Form if you would like to be considered for a One-Time Child Care Grant. Our One-Time Child Care Grants are typically awarded later in the school year when additional funding may become available.

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Applicants for all grants and scholarships must:

  • Have residential custody of your child. Children must be UNDER 12 years of age and enrolled in a licensed child care facility of your choosing. We award grants directly to the child care facility that is providing full-time or part-time care for your child(ren). Please note: If your child is on a waitlist for a child care facility, they must be enrolled prior to the end of your first quarter in our program in order to be considered for continued funding.
  • Attend an approved college or university. This includes: Bellevue College, Cascadia Community College, Edmonds Community College, Everett Community College, Green River Community College, Highline Community College, Lake Washington Institute of Technology, North Seattle College, Pierce College, Renton Technical College, Seattle Central College, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle University, Shoreline Community College, South Seattle College, Tacoma Community College, Washington State University – Everett, University of Washington.
  • Be enrolled for a full course load of 12 credit hours. The exception is Summer Quarter, which is optional, and requires 10 credit hours. Audited classes (which don’t issue a grade) do not count toward the total credit hour requirement. Exceptions to this requirement may be considered on a case-by-case basis for students with required externships.
  • Maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 or greater, each quarter.
  • Be pursuing completion of an undergraduate or graduate degree (associate, bachelor’s or master’s). We do not fund students who have a previous degree in an unrelated field (career change), or post-graduate degrees (doctoral candidates). We commit to funding Master’s students for one year, either for their 1st or 2nd year. Students must reapply to the Child Care Grant Program to be considered for additional funding after completing each degree.
  • Applicants must be able eligible for Federal Student Aid and be able to provide a SAR (Student Aid Report) and FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
  • Meet our income guidelines. Your adjusted gross income from the previous tax year (2017) must not exceed 250% of the current federal poverty measure (2018) for your family. To qualify, your annual household income must be less than or equal to the income level below:
Family Size Annual Family Income
2 $41,150
3 $51,950
4 $62,750
5 $73,550
6 $84,350
7 $95,150
8 $105,950