What to Expect

The application is now closed. If you are interested in applying in April of 2020 please review the requirements here and take a moment to fill out our interested student form. 

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 – December 5, 2019: Online application open
    • Deadline extended to December 5 at 5:00 PM!
  • December 18, 2019: Applicant Meeting invitations sent / Decline notices sent
  • January 21 – 30, 2020: Mandatory applicant meetings take place (1-hour meeting)
  • March 1, 2020: Childcare tuition assistance for accepted students begins  

The meeting is 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 Goodwin Connections help?

Childcare is expensive, and it can be a major barrier for parents who want to get their first higher education degree. Goodwin Connections’ Family Connections Program supports low-income families with childcare 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 $2,200 per child (depending on the child’s age and cost of childcare), per quarter (paid directly to the preferred licensed childcare provider).

Each student receives support and encouragement from day one through graduation day from Team Goodwin volunteers.

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 Goodwin Connections 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 Goodwin Connections event each year.


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

Goodwin Connections 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.