Many new parents underestimate the high cost of day care. In some instances, it exceeds the cost to attend college.

Parents who are also college students can find it tough to make the dollars stretch.

Fortunately, in San Antonio, low-income parents who are in school can apply for scholarships to help cover their little ones’ day care costs.

The United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County’s Women United Scholarship Program has awarded over $1.3 million in the past, helping parents with child care expenses for at least 270 children.

The purpose of these child care scholarships is to help families advance their futures and achieve self-sufficiency.

Though the funding is provided in part by Women United, a leadership group of United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County, it’s important to note that fathers can also apply for the scholarship.

This specific scholarship is for families in the San Antonio area, but other United Way chapters across the country provide financial assistance to help families to manage child care costs. Contact your local United Way to find out if similar programs exist near you.

Apply for the Women United Child Care Scholarship

Scholarship Amount: Up to $120 per week for full-time child care or up to $60 per week for part-time child care

To qualify for the scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or legal resident who resides in Bexar County, Texas
  • Have a child
  • Be enrolled in college or a technical training program full time or part time if the parent is also working
  • Maintain a GPA of at least 2.5
  • Not qualify, or have been denied or wait-listed, for any other eligible child care assistance

Scholarship Deadline: March 1, 2018, by 3 p.m. Central Standard Time

Scholarship awardees will be notified around April 30. Funding will be distributed around July 30 directly to child care providers.

See here for more information and to apply or contact Katherine King at (210) 352-7106 or kking@unitedwaysatx.org.

Nicole Dow is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She enjoys writing about parenting and money.

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