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Student Emergency & Childcare Assistance Program

Emergency & Childcare Program Eligibility Guidelines

Applicants to this program must meet the following criteria:

  • Actively enrolled in the current quarter and attending class
  • Have a 2.00 GPA
  • If eligible, complete the FAFSA/WASFA application.
  • Maximum award for:
    • Student Emergency Assistance fund is $500 per year
    • Childcare Assistance fund is $1500 per quarter
  • If receiving Financial Aid, eligibility will be based on cost of attendance and current aid amounts.
  • Must not be on financial aid drop suspension
  • Must not owe money to the college

Note: Awards are made on a first come, first served basis and dependent on available funding. Some flexibility in these guidelines may be provided for first-quarter, Basic Skills and Life Transitions students.


Student Emergency Assistance

The Student Emergency Assistance Fund was established to provide assistance to students at risk of not continuing their education due to unexpected financial dilemmas. The fund is only allocated for sudden, urgent, or unforeseen occurrences that require immediate attention and would impact the student’s ability to stay in College and complete their educational goal. Students must demonstrate “emergency” financial need.

Types of emergency awards include:

  • Transportation (limited to $150 annually)
  • Food assistance (limited to $200 annually)
  • Eviction and utility shut off notices (case by case)
  • Emergency housing-including sudden homelessness or job loss
  • Unexpected medical bills
  • Stolen educational items

No allocations are made for items such as:

  • Phone bills,
  • Typical educational costs, such as but not limited to textbooks, school supplies, and tools.
  • On-going income shortages for rent/mortgage and other household bills, or existing medical/dental expenses.
  • Students are not eligible if they have debt owed to SVC. These are debt examples: tuition, parking, library fines and financial aid repayment.

Emergency Assistance Application Process

Interested students must complete the application and attach supporting documentation including statement of need explaining the situation and describe how the funds will be used. Please be as complete as possible in answering the questions on the Emergency Assistance Application (attach a separate page describing your situation if necessary). Applications are evaluated on information supplied.After your application is received, staff will verify class participation and attendance, check financial aid eligibility and review documentation. Once a decision has been made, applicants will be notified by phone and/or email.

Submit Application and Supporting Documentation to:

Childcare Assistance

The Childcare Assistance fund can assist you with the cost of out-of-pocket dependent care expenses for dependents residing with you during the 2016-2017 academic year for care incurred as a result of attending classes at Skagit Valley College (i.e. during periods that include but are not limited to class time, study time, fieldwork, internships, and commuting time to and from SVC). Please complete all of the information requested in both applications. Do not include children over the age of 12. Dependents can include: any children for whom you are the legal guardian, step children or siblings who reside in your household whom you are responsible for caring for. Childcare providers must be licensed by the Washington State Department of Early Learning.

To qualify for Childcare assistance you must be at or below the gross income levels for your family size as shown below:

Family Size Monthly Gross Income Annual Gross Income
2 $3,458.33 $41,500.00
3 $4,250.00 $51,000.00
4 $5,041.67 $60,,500.00
5 $5,875.00 $70,500.00
6 $6,666.67 $80,000.00
7 $6,833.33 $82,000.00
8 $7,000.00 $84,000.00
9 $7,125.00 $85,500.00
10 $7,291.67 $87,500.00
11 $7,458.33 $89,500.00

Childcare Application Process

Interested students must complete both the emergency assistance application, the childcare assistance application and attach supporting documentation. In addition for payment to be issued, the childcare provider must complete a W-9 for tax purposes. Please be as complete as possible in answering the questions on the Emergency Assistance Application (attach a separate page describing your situation if necessary). Applications are evaluated on information supplied. After your application is received, staff will verify class participation and attendance, check financial aid eligibility and review documentation. Once a decision has been made, applicants will be notified by phone and/or email.

Submit Application and Supporting Documentation to:

Payments

If approved for funding, payment process will be determined by the College on a case-by-case basis. In most cases, award payments will be available within 3-5 business days after approval. The student will be notified when a check is ready to pick up or has been sent to the child care provider.