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How to Take Advantage of Scholarships for Single Mothers

 

Scholarships for single mothers are now becoming popular under President Barack Obama's wing, as he is encouraging single moms to go back to school and finish college. With these recent developments in the present administration, financial aid for moms is now starting to increase in numbers among state colleges and universities.

If you're a single mom looking into going back to college, find out below where and how you can take advantage of certain college scholarships and grants. A good number of these scholarships and grants do not only cover tuition fees, but also textbooks, college housing and computers.

Pell Grants

Each state has its own set of scholarship programs; visit the local library and find out which programs you can take advantage of. The most popular and most fitting for single moms is the Pell Grant, one of those federal college grants that are paid out directly to students. The current Pell Grant cap for single moms is $5,550 a year and the amount varies each year. To avail of the grant, you may have to meet certain eligibility requirements and fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form at fafsa.ed.gov.

Need-Based Federal Grants

Need-based federal grants are listed below:

  1. Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant - offers $100 to $4,000 financial assistance; designed for those with incomparable financial need
  2. Academic Competitiveness Grant - offered to single mothers who finished secondary school after 2005
  3. National Science and Mathematics Access to Retail Talent (SMART) - single moms can avail of up to $4,000 in financial assistance
  4. Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education - suitable for single mothers who are looking at a career in teaching

Local and National Scholarships

Aside from need-based grants, you can also look into merit-based scholarships. There are several corporations and organizations that provide financial support to single mothers who are looking into continuing their studies. Google, for example, is providing grants to single moms who want to pursue computing and technology studies. Other organizations include the Jeanette Rankin Foundation and the Association for Women in Science. You can run a search at the federal government's database and find out which applies to your nearest college or university. Beware of scams and keep in mind that you do not have to pay a huge amount of money to avail of scholarships and grants.

Employers

If you're under the wing of a certain company, find out if they provide financial assistance to single moms who are looking into going back to school. Recent surveys show that around 60 percent of companies in the country offer grants and tuition assistance to single mom employees. 

However, be on the lookout for the terms and conditions that come with the assistance from your company. You may have to maintain a certain grade at school to continuously qualify, hit certain targets at work or perhaps stay with the company for a certain length of time.

Almost all grants and scholarships require single moms to pass or excel in the college programs they enroll to. You may have to make sure that you do not fail in your classes to receive continuous financial aid.

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