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Childcare Funding

You can balance college and family! Childcare funding is available to help you focus on learning. Keep following your dreams. We’re here to help!

New sources of childcare funding

Has the high cost of childcare or other hardships caused you to put your college dreams on hold? Federal funding is available for a limited time to help you pay for childcare, so you can pursue your degree. See below for full eligibility requirements. 

About the Funding

The funding is made possible through federal COVID-19 relief funding (Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund – HEERF). It is only available during the 2022-2023 academic year. There may be other resources available beyond June 2023 to continue your education.


You are eligible for childcare assistance from HEERF funds if you:

  • Have a high school diploma or HSED/GED. 
  • Are admitted into an NWTC degree or diploma program. 
  • Are enrolled in one or more credits for an upcoming session. 
  • Indicate that you have been financially impacted by Covid-19.

Funding Amounts

  • Student enrolled in 1-3 credits per 8-week session = $1,500 stipend 
  • Student enrolled in 4+ credits per 8-week session = $2,000 stipend
Apply for Childcare Assistance

Next Steps

  • Within five business days, we will contact you via your preferred email address to confirm whether you are eligible for HEERF childcare assistance.  
  • If approved, childcare funds will be distributed to you during week three of the eight-week session in which you are enrolled. 
  • If you have a BankMobile account, your funds will be delivered through the preferred method on file with BankMobile. If you do not have a BankMobile account or preferred method on file, BankMobile will send a paper check to your current address on file. 

More Money is Available!

A variety of resources are available to help you fund your education. Scholarships, financial aid, work study jobs, emergency funding, and low interest loans are available.  

To apply for additional funding for the 2022-2023 academic year and beyond, be sure to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Learn more about Paying for College.

Additional sources of childcare funding 

NWTC provides financial assistance to help eligible students afford childcare. Plus, we can help you find quality childcare providerLearn more with these frequently asked questions: 

Am I eligible for funding?

To qualify for childcare funds, you must: 

  • Be enrolled in credit courses. 
  • Have out-of-pocket childcare expenses for your child/children 12 and under. 
  • Show financial need: 
    • Are you receiving a Pell grant for the semester in which you’d like childcare funding? 
    • Are you receiving some form of state assistance (such as Foodshare, Badgercare, WI Shares)? 
    • If neither of the above applies to you, you may still be able to show financial need by meeting with an NWTC student support specialist. Together, you can complete a budget that shows your available resources and your monthly household expenses.  

How much assistance could I qualify for?

Funding amounts vary based upon assessment, financial circumstances, and number of children.

Plus, you may be eligible for additional funding if you: 

  • Have more than one child in childcare. 
  • Receive a Pell grant and use a childcare provider who is 4/5 Youngstar rated.  
  • Meet other financial criteria (talk to an NWTC student support specialist for more information). 

Do I have to use a specific childcare provider to qualify for funding?

We work with all licensed/certified childcare providers through the state of Wisconsin. Non-licensed childcare providers may also be eligible if they meet the non-licensed provider guidelines. For more information please click the Learn more about Childcare Funding button below.

If I don't currently have a childcare provider, are there resources available to help me find one?

Yes! We can work together to access different resources to help you find a child care provider that works for you and your family.    

Is there additional childcare funding available through the state?

Check out the WI Shares Child Care Subsidy Program to see if you would qualify for additional childcare funding through the state. If you need help with submitting required school enrollment and financial aid information to your case worker, email  

If I receive state assistance to pay for childcare expenses through WI Shares, can I still apply for childcare funding?

Yes! The childcare fund can help you pay for out of pocket childcare expenses not covered through state funding.

If I only have online courses, can I still qualify for childcare funding?

Yes! While you may not have to come to campus for your classes, we understand that it can be hard to study and do homework while also watching your child(ren) at home

The NWTC Childcare Fund is supported in part with grant funding from the Wisconsin Technical College System and community based organizations and with 68% by a $73,342 U.S. Department of Education Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) grant.  The purpose of this fund is to increase access to post-secondary education for parents by alleviating childcare expenses for students while they further their education.

Community Resources for Parents

Wisconsin Works

Provides cash assistance to eligible unemployed parents to help them prepare for a career.


Manage your state of Wisconsin benefits and apply to programs that help pay for child care costs.

Family & Childcare Resources of N.E.W.

Offers education on parenting, communications, behavior, and access to community support systems.

Love Life Ministry

Diapers, layettes, baby clothing and furniture provided to eligible families by St. Joseph Catholic Parish.