What to Expect

New students: Applications for new students are available in May (for funding beginning the following Fall quarter) and If you would like additional information about our application, please complete our interested students form.

I want to get my degree, how can Seattle Milk Fund help?

Child care is expensive, and it can be a major barrier for parents who want to get their first higher education degree. Seattle Milk Fund’s Child Care and Family Support Program provides child care and family support grants to low-income families while one or both parents attend school full-time.

If I am already in school, can I still receive funding?

Students can be new to college, returning to college, or already enrolled and on the road to completing their first degree.

How do I get accepted into the program?

Complete an initial application in May. Once we receive your application, we will review the materials provided and ensure that you meet our eligibility requirements. We will then notify you as to whether you will move on to interview with our program committee, or if your application is declined.

If you are contacted for an interview, please know that the interview is in a relaxed setting at our office. If you need to bring your child/ren with you, that is perfectly okay.

What kind of support will I receive?

Each student accepted into the Child Care Grant Program is awarded up to $2,000 per child (depending on the child’s age), per quarter (paid directly to the parent’s preferred licensed daycare provider); and family support.

In addition, each student is matched with a Seattle Milk Fund Family Support Advocate who offers support and encouragement from day one through graduation day.

How flexible is your program?

Students are allowed to change their major once while in the program. If a student is placed on probation for not meeting our minimum eligibility requirements for one quarter, they will continue to receive funding. However, if a student is placed on probation for a second time, they will forfeit their place in the program. Students can also take one quarter off (for any reason) and not lose their place in the program (funding will be suspended for that quarter). Students who opt to take off for one quarter will not be eligible to receive an additional probationary quarter.

Once I am in the program, what will be expected of me?

All grantees will need to submit a renewal application for each quarter you are in school. In order to receive funding, all paperwork must be submitted on time. We expect students to be committed to their educational and career goals, and to making a difference in their community after graduation. The availability of funding for our program is dependent on the success of our fundraising events held throughout the year. Grantee participation is critical to this success, therefore we expect all grantees to participate in at least one Seattle Milk Fund event each year.

Why are you called “Seattle Milk Fund”?

As one of the longest-running charitable organizations in the state, we have been fueling families’ futures since 1907. Read more about us here.