Childcare Eligibility

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The Childcare Assistance Program (CAP) is intended for UW Tacoma students who meet low-income requirements through Financial Aid. Students must have a 2017-2018 FAFSA application completed and on file with the University of Washington Tacoma in order to verify qualifications and before applying. Additional Childcare Assistance Program requirements include:

  • Must be a UW Tacoma student who pays the Services and Activities Fee (SAF)
  • Must be UW Tacoma matriculated (degree-seeking) student from any undergraduate, post-baccalaureate or graduate program.
  • Must be enrolled full-time or part-time. Any changes may affect status.
  • Child/children must be in the care of a state-licensed child care provider through the Department of Early Learning (i.e. home, center or after-school program). Private school tuition, kindergarten fees, nannies, meals, registration fees or other special fees are not covered.
  • Child/children must be in the student parent's legal and physical custodial care and must reside with the student parent for more than of 50% of the time.

Students who utilize the tuition exemption program do not qualify. (Exceptions may apply based on degree program; contact our office for details.)

The Childcare Assistance Program may consider awarding funds to students who are not using a licensed provider with the following exceptions:

  1. Extenuating circumstances — including but not limited to: children with developmental, physical or medical conditions that prohibit the enrollment into a licensed provider, or the need to use a specialized provider for the child's specific needs. 
  2. Public school districts — before and/or after school care, including pre-school.
  3. YMCA/JBLM — facility must still maintain licensing requirements to care for children. 

If you meet one or more of the listed exceptions, please email Childcare & Family Support Services at with the following information:

  • Full name of provider/facility
  • Phone or email address of provider
  • Description of why you are in need of the exception

Requests will be reviewed within 2-5 business days. Exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis. Documentation for proof (i.e. doctor's note, resume of experience, etc.)  may be requested in order to determine eligibility.  

For questions about Childcare Assistance Program eligibility, please contact: or 253-692-4901

For questions about Financial Aid, please contact: or 253-692-4374