What to Expect

The Spring 2019 Family Connections Program Application is now closed. The application will open again in November 2019.

How does the application process work? 

Complete an initial application during the application period. Once we receive your application, we will review the materials provided to ensure that you meet our eligibility requirements. We will then notify you as to whether you will move on to an applicant meeting with our program committee, or if your application is declined. If accepted in the program, you will be required to attend a one-on-one orientation meeting before the 2020 Spring quarter begins.

Winter application timeline 

  • November 4 – November 22: Online application open
  • January 3: Applicant Meeting invitations sent / Decline notices sent
  • January 20 – 24: Mandatory applicant meetings take place (30-minute meeting)
  • February 24 – 28: Mandatory orientation meetings take place (1-hour meeting)

Both the interviews and orientation meetings are held at our office in the Interbay area. If you are contacted for an applicant meeting, please know that it is in a relaxed setting. If you need to bring your child/ren with you, that is perfectly okay.

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

Childcare is expensive, and it can be a major barrier for parents who want to get their first higher education degree. Seattle Milk Fund’s Family Connections Program supports low-income families with child care and preschool tuition assistance 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 or certificate.

What kind of support will I receive?

Each student parent accepted into the Family Connections Program may receive up to $2,000 per child (depending on the child’s age and cost of child care), per quarter (paid directly to the parent’s preferred licensed child care provider).

In addition, each student is matched with a Seattle Milk Fund 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 does not meet our minimum eligibility requirements 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 a probationary quarter, as their quarter off would be considered their probation quarter.

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

All grantees in the Family Connections Program will need to submit a renewal form for EACH QUARTER they are in school. In order to receive funding, all paperwork must be submitted on time. Students are responsible for notifying Seattle Milk Fund prior to the start of each quarter if any of the minimum eligibility requirements will not be met.

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.


Seattle Milk Fund is committed to assuring equal access to services, programs, and activities for individuals with disabilities. It is the policy of the Seattle Milk Fund to provide reasonable accommodation to a qualified individual with a disability to enable such individual to apply. Further, it is the policy of the Seattle Milk Fund to provide reasonable accommodation for religious observers. If you need an accommodation, please contact us at program@seattlemilkfund.org or 206-526-7944 ext. 4

Seattle Milk Fund will not condone any harassment or discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, creed, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, the presence of any physical or mental disability, or any other protected classification under applicable laws.