What to Expect

The Family Connections Program Application is open now! Please visit our Application page to complete the online application.

How does the application process work?

Complete an initial application here. 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 Fall 2020 quarter begins.

Spring application timeline (for funding to begin Fall 2020)

  • April 1:               Application opens online, and remains open until August 31
  • May 28:              First round of applicant meeting invitations sent/ Decline letters sent (via email)
  • June 15 -25:      First round of applicant meetings take place (1-hour meeting)
  • June 24:             First batch of award letters sent to accepted student parents (via email)

If your application is 100% completed (including all required documents received) before June 15 you will be in the first round of review in the timeline noted above. After June 15 the process will be done on a rolling basis and applicants will be notified via email about the next steps.

  • June 24 – August 31: Applications continue to be reviewed and the process will move to a rolling basis. 
  • September 1:   Childcare tuition assistance begins 

The applicant meetings are held at our office in the Interbay area. There are morning and afternoon appointments available on several days to suit your schedule. If you are contacted for an applicant meeting, please know that it is in a relaxed setting and 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.