Graduate Funding Information Service

July 23, 2020

Goodwin Connections: Family Connections Program

Application Deadline: August 31, 2020 (final deadline for fall funding)

Goodwin Connections’ Family Connections Program connects families to educational opportunities that build financial stability and create generational change. When families are accepted into the Program, they become eligible for childcare or preschool tuition assistance for their children. By supporting low-income families with childcare and preschool expenses, it allows parents to attend college full-time–including students seeking Certificates and Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degrees–focus on their studies, graduate in a timely manner, and ultimately embark on a career that pays a living wage. At the same time, their children receive a quality early-learning opportunity–giving them a great start on their own educational journey.


  • Have residential custody of your child.
    • Children must be UNDER 12 years of age
    • Enrolled in a Washington State (Department of  Children Youth and Families) licensed childcare facility of your choosing.
      • Note: Goodwin awards childcare and preschool tuition assistance directly to the facility that is providing full-time or part-time care for your child(ren).
      • If your children were enrolled in a Washington State (Department of Children Youth and Families) licensed childcare facility that has been closed due to COVID-19 (and may not have a definite re-opening date), you can they still apply for this program.
  • Attend a participating institution within King, Pierce or Snohomish Counties.
    • UW is a participating institution.
  • Reside in King, Pierce or Snohomish Counties.
    • Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis for residing in directly neighboring counties.
  • Be enrolled for a full course load of 12 credit hours.
    • The exception is Summer Quarter, which is optional and requires 10 credit hours.
  • Maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 or greater, each quarter.
  • Be pursuing completion of a certificate, associates, undergraduate, or graduate degree.
    • Goodwin does not fund career change degrees, or doctoral degrees.
    • Goodwin commits to funding Master’s students for only one year, either for their 1st or 2nd year.
  • Applicants must be eligible for Student Aid and be able to provide a current FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid). 
  • Show a significant financial need for assistance.

Complete an initial application here. Once Goodwin receives your application, they will review the materials provided to ensure that you meet our eligibility requirements. They 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. For questions about the program, please email: