Single Mom Scholarships


Even with just a quick look at the news it’s easy to see that college classes are filling up with record numbers of students this fall, and single moms are among them. Both campus and online colleges from coast to coast are bursting with enrollment, despite an increased need for financial aid.

Fortunately, the large number of older, “non-traditional” college students is beginning to get more attention these days, and student aid providers are creating more financial aid opportunities tailored to students in special circumstances. Single mom scholarships fall into this category of financial aid.

Before applying for scholarships, however, be sure to thoroughly read our section on scholarships for moms scams. Unfortunately, the business of scholarships is peppered with a couple organizations who use deceit and false promises to take money from vulnerable or unsuspecting moms.

leisure activitySingle Mom Scholarships Start with Federal Education Grants

If you’re a single mom returning to school to pursue your first college degree or career certification, and you’re within a certain income range, you’ll almost certainly qualify for need-based federal education grants such as the Pell Grant. Grants, unlike student loans, do not need to be repaid, and they’re not age-restricted. The money you’ll qualify for will depend on what year you’re in in your program and how many dependents you’re supporting, along with meeting other basic eligibility requirements.

There are federal education grants for single mothers also. To apply for these grants, you must go to the federal Student Aid on the Web site and file a FAFSA:

  • Pell Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
  • Academic Competitive Grant (ACG)
  • National SMART Grant
  • TEACH Grant

State Financial Aid Agencies Also Offer Single Mom Scholarships

Most, if not all, states also offer scholarships reserved for women and single parents. Different states have financial aid programs customized with their own eligibility requirements, grant amounts, and application procedures. Find your state higher education agency at this site and see what single mom scholarship programs they offer.

Keep in mind that single mom scholarships (and single dad scholarships) are going to be need-based. All scholarships of this type will ask for proof of financial need and may also ask for proof of your being the custodial parent. Many will require you to file a FAFSA (see above).

In many cases, state single mom scholarships will actually be offered through a college or university system in the state. In addition to contacting your state higher education agency, you should contact the financial aid office of the school you want to enroll in and ask if the school offers single mom scholarships or grants.

A few examples of state and school financial aid programs for single parents include:

Single Mom Scholarships from Private Foundations & Organizations

A wide range of philanthropic and corporate foundations provide scholarships for single parents. Like the state and school scholarships above, these programs may be getting ready to open their new application season. Check their websites to see when their 2010-2011 scholarship applications will be available:

Single Mom Scholarships are a Win-Win Investment

Officials from the federal level all the way down to your town council know that helping you get valuable higher education now is a way of “paying it forward”: If your college degree or career training helps you ensure financial stability and a better life for you and your family, everyone benefits – your community, our larger society, and you.

Still not sure how to get started with finding Financial Aid? Start here:

1) 4 Ideas for Single Moms Going Back to School offers a basic back-to-college plan.

2) How to Prepare for the FAFSA: 3 Pre-FAFSA Steps provides a basic introduction to the Federal Application for Pell Grants and other federal financial aid.

3) The EducationGrant Guide to Grants & Scholarships has tips and information on:

  • Understanding the difference between grants and scholarships
  • How to apply for Pell Grants and other federal financial aid
  • Searching for state and private grants and scholarships appropriate for you
  • Some characteristics of successful applications for state and private grants and scholarships
  • Websites and addresses for more than 80 scholarships, so you can contact them

57 comments to “Single Mom Scholarships”

  1. I would love to have more information. Thank you!

  2. I am a full time studet at Itt-tech in my first symester and am a single Mother of three children. Although I work two jobs I still need some assistance while attending school. I have recieved grants and applied for scholarships, but have had no luck with finding a program to grant a housing fund.

    Please help!

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  4. Hi Jessica,
    My hat’s off to you, and to your determination to succeed. The role model you’re setting for your children in pursuing your education amidst all your other obligations is amazing. I hope your ITT-Tech program enables you to get into a career in which you’ll never need a grant again. In the meantime, since housing grants for college students are usually offered only by colleges with lots of on-campus housing to their own students, I would call your local town or city councilman’s office — if they can’t help you directly, they will certainly know the department in your local government that can. Another idea is the website, which may have federal grants for housing. Wishing you the best for success with this and with your new education program! The EducationGrant Editor

  5. I am a single teen mother looking for finacial assistance, so that I may begin my journey to a better quality of life through education. I have two children, both under the age of four, and have recently turned nineteen. I was just wondering if there were any programs out there for me and if so, how do I apply?

  6. Hello
    I currently enrolled for a LVN course at CNI College. I received a Pal grant but I’m still left with a big chunk of tuition left. Im not sure exactly how I’d be able to pay all that considerind Im a single mother of three. If you have any suggestion I’d greatly appreciate it.
    Thank You

  7. Hello Angelica,
    Congratulations on your successful first steps toward your new career! Most likely, if you qualified for a Pell Grant, you also qualify for low-cost federal student loans such as the Perkins loan or subsidized Stafford loan, and if you don’t qualify for either of those, you can still get an unsubsidized Stafford loan, which is not restricted to students with financial need. In all of those cases, your school’s financial aid office is your first source of help. It’s part of their job to explain and help you understand all your additional financial aid options. Your school could also be your best source of additional grants for single moms. When researching grants and scholarships, we found that many, many schools now have financial aid set aside specifically for single parents returning to school. Ask your financial aid office what school grants your school has that you may qualify for. (If not a grant for single moms, how about grants for nursing students?) Finally, take a look through EducationGrant’s blog and article pages for information on federal nursing scholarships and scholarships specifically for women. Best of luck in all your endeavors! The EducationGrant Editor

  8. Hi Olivia,
    It’s terrific that you’re planning on going back to school! There’s a lot of research documenting how young children benefit from their parents’ higher education, in both cognitive skills and school readiness. You’ll also be an amazing role model, obviously! You didn’t mention what your education plans are, so you may want to start at the very beginning (ah-ha: “doh-rey-me”!) and read this post on education planning: How to Prepare for the FAFSA: 3 Pre-FAFSA Steps. Once you have an idea of what career you want, what kind of education program you need, and which college(s) provide a program that fits your life, then you’ll be ready to fill out a FAFSA to get federal financial aid. You may also want to take a look at the U.S. Education Department’s own “getting started” site, here. Best wishes for success in all your endeavors! The EducationGrant Editor

  9. Hi!
    I am also a single mother, hoping to get help in going back to school. I have my goals set at being an engineer with an AA in Business Adminstration. I am a certified Medical Assistant, but currently not working. I am volunteering at a Doctors office for my experience as a Medical Assistant, but I would love to start school in the spring. Please if any advice or information you may have I would appreciate it.

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  11. I am a single-mother, who after 11 years with the same company (working as a designer for a real-estate developer / builder) was laid-off due to the slump of the housing market. I have decided to go back to school to get my teacher certification in elementary education. Everyone, including colleges / universities, tells me to do my FAFSA before anything else. The application seems to be based on my income from last year’s tax return. I was laid off November 2008, so last year’s return didn’t justify me needing 100% financial aid. But, I still haven’t found unemployment here at the end of 2009, and am in desperate need of financial aid at this point to be able go back to school. PLEASE HELP! How can I apply as an unemployed single-mother – the FAFSA application does not really cover this…

  12. Hi Kristi,
    You’re right: the FAFSA seems backwards in the way it bases your ability to pay for college on a prior tax return rather than on your current or future financial circumstances. Apparently, studies of the financial aid system have shown that the most recent income tax return is usually a pretty good indicator of future ability to pay. Of course, that’s in a stable, growing economy. The worst economic downturn in 80 years and 10% unemployment is a whole different ball game. Even still, you should apply to the school(s) you’re considering and fill out a FAFSA anyway. You’re going to need to submit one to be eligible for a Pell grant and state and school grants for single mothers. You should also look into the idea of a federal TEACH grant (also via the FAFSA). You’ll have to commit to teaching in a high-need area for a while after you graduate, but maybe the Student Aid customer service center would be able to tell you if there are qualifying high-need areas near your current location.

    How will you get any of these grants if you have to put your former income on the FAFSA? Your question was such a good one, I wrote a whole blog post on it today. I hope it’s helpful. Best wishes for success in all your education efforts! The EducationGrant Editor

  13. Hi,

    I am a single mom with two children. I love them both and want them take advantage of great opportunities through education, mentoring programs and volunteer work. My dilemma is that I am currently in an on-line program and do not have the best financial aid and academic counsellors. I have two classes left to finish my degree and I just find out that I am financially disqualified due to not meeting some type of criteria required for the Federal student aid. I was really saddened by this as I have struggled to juggle family responsibilities, a full time job and children all at one time. My last two classes are electives and I have finished my core classes. What can I do? Can I still get the Pell grant? Is there funds out there for people like me who are financially disqualified ? I am told I have to wait a year before I can ever get financial federal aid. Again this is disheartening because this degree meant the world to me and I was almost there…time is of the essence as well. I can’t keep postponing this, as I have taken off several times in the past just to make ends meet. Can somebody tell me what to do and if there are grants /loans out there- which ones? I have already filled out the FAFSA since June but did not know my status till yesterday. Please help, I don’t want to give up!! Thanks a million!

  14. I am a single, 19 year old mother of one attempting to earn a Secondary Education degree in English, currently attending my second year at a community college because it is all I can afford. After submitting the FAFSA I recieved just enough to cover tuition and books at the local community college. If I ever hope to earn my degree I will have to transfer to a four-year institution, and there is no way a mere five thousand is going to cover any of the universities in my area. Last year the FAFSA only granted me a few hundred dollars, and I had to work overtime while attending school to be able to pay back my tuition after my earned credits were put on hold. Currently I am 100% financially dependant on the government because my place of employment forced me to chose between my daughter and my paycheck. I’ve gone to FastWeb, SchoolSoup, FindTuition, and, among other sites and have applied for multiple scholarships but have had no luck recieving any assistance. It may be politcally incorrect, but I feel that because I am a healthy, young, white female who is not homeless, from another country or having the unfortunate luck of having a horrific disease, I cannot get any help. What can I do to get a little assistance paying for my education to better the future for myself and my newborn daughter?

  15. Hi Kristen,
    I’m afraid EducationGrant can’t offer any more recommendations or financial aid resources than the websites you mentioned, but I hope you’ve talked to your school’s financial aid office as much as possible. From everything we’ve read, your school’s financial aid office is your first and most important source of help. It’s part of their job to explain and help you understand all your additional financial aid options. Tell them how much and what kind of financial aid you’ve already received, where you’ve looked for more, and which state and private scholarships you’ve applied for.

    Your school could also be your best source of grants and scholarships for single moms— hundreds of schools these days have financial aid reserved specifically for single parents returning to school. Ask your financial aid office if your school has institutional grants and scholarships you may qualify for. If not a grant for single moms, how about grants for students enrolled in your program? If they don’t have any grant aid for you, consider switching to a school that does. Best wishes, the EducationGrant Editor

  16. I am a 33 y/o single mother of 3 children in Texas. I have always wanted to get a cosmetology license but have sacrificed that dream to provide for my children in my current job position (mortgage co. in the bankruptcy dept).

    I am getting to the point to where my creativity HAS to come out – I can’t put it off anymore. My dilema is and always has been: How do I go to school full time and pay the bills? I make more than $40k/yr and not sure if I qualify for a Pell grant. Are there any cost of living grants, lol? I would be willing to do the work/study program but not sure if that would pay my bills. I can’t work multiple jobs, raise my kids and go to school. Am I being too idealistic?


  17. Hi Laura,
    Only you can answer this question, and only by filing a FAFSA can you find out if you qualify for a Pell Grant. You may want to read 4 Ideas for Single Moms Going Back to School, and then talk to a financial aid officer at a school you’re considering. It is the financial aid office’s job and responsibility to explain and help you understand all your college costs and financial aid options.

    Another possible source of advice is, which has many different forums where students share stories and advise each other.

    Lastly, feel free to download a copy of the Guide to Grants & Scholarships.

    Best wishes for your college success,
    the EducationGrant

  18. I am a single mom of 3 kids who works two jobs, one in Telecommunications and the second is a retail job. In 2006, I was diagnosed with a very rare cancer and have been in treatment for 3 out of the last 4 years. Though my health is stable at this time, there is no definitive end to this round of treatments. I work the second job to pay the increased costs due to treatment. These costs average about 500-600 additional a month. On paper, it looks like I’m doing well. In reality, I’m struggling to keep my head above water. Because of my cancer experience and the lack of security in the Telecommunications industry, I am trying to switch my career to Nursing and am currently enrolled in a 2 year community college fulfilling my pre-requisites. Thus far, I have paid over $2500 and as i’m short cash, I paid via credit card. The debt is mounting. FAFSA indicates I’m eligible for nothing which hardly reflects the real picture and the depth of the financial issues I”m having. Is there any assistance available for someone in this situation?

  19. Kathy–

    Have you documented your treatment costs in an appeal to your community college? If your FAFSA takes into consideration all of your income, you should write a letter to the college asking for a professional judgment review or financial aid appeal, as some call it. In the letter, outline with hard numbers the changes in your finances due to your illness. At the very least, visit your financial aid office; they will be able to give you personalized advice.

    Best of luck,
    Community Manager

  20. Hi I am a single mom with little boy that will be 2 in April, also I am currently pregnant with another little boy that is due in April. I started school at everest doing online courses for Criminal Justice to become a CPS investigator. But the problem is I can’t seem to find any help for housing or anything I really don’t want to take out student loans but if I have to I am at that point. This is something I really want to do for me and my boys but if something doesn’t give I don’t know if I am going to be able to continue school. If anyone knows of any place to go to for assistance or anything please let me know.

  21. Hi Stefan,
    As a single mother, you may apply for grants or scholarships for single mothers.
    I would apply for financial aid so that you can put that money towards your housing and education. You will need to fill out a FAFSA – financial aid form for financial aid and grants. Make sure to keep ahead of deadlines! For more information, see if there is anyone at Everest that you can speak with directly. Or, visit

    Best of luck & take care,
    EducationGrant Editor

  22. Hi my name is brittney and im a single mom to a beautiful baby boy and i start attending college Feb. 22 2010 and i have had no luck applying for scholarships. I need help. i dont think im to sure of what im doing or if im doing it right
    Please help me

  23. Hi Brittney,

    Congrats on starting school! Did you make sure that your scholarship application(s) were turned in on time, before the deadline? Also, have you tried applying for as many scholarships as you are eligible for? I know applying for scholarships is time-consuming, but the more you apply to, the better your chances are of receiving money! Even the smallest amounts can help toward your schooling! If you have any specific questions regarding the scholarships, I would suggest contacting the scholarship sponsor (the school, organization, etc., that is giving away the scholarship) to see if they can provide any further information.

    Also, have you considered applying for financial aid? If so, you will need to fill out a FAFSA form (financial aid application). More information is available here: If you have any other concerns, try talking to someone in the guidance or financial aid office at the school you are attending.

    We wish you all the best!
    EducationGrant Editor

  24. I am a 19yr.old single mother who is attending communtiy college and I cant pay for my books which means I am failing my classes. I am unemployed I filled out fasfa and I didnt recieve much to go to school with or I didnt recieve a book voucher. So what am I to do now because I need help financially

  25. Hi Markessa,

    Thanks for reading the blog! Sorry to hear that you are having some trouble – in this economy lots of people are struggling with their finances, especially paying for school. I would talk to the financial aid or guidance department of the school you are attending, to explain your situation and to see if they have any specific suggestions for you. See of there is any way you can go on some type of payment plan. Also, see if you can apply for federal grants (money from the government) – but pay close attention to the applicaion deadlines! Also, have you applied for any scholarships? Scholarships give students money for their schooling, and every dollar can help you pay for school! I would do some research, and apply to any and all scholarships that you are eligible for. Look for scholarships from your school, from organizations in your town or state, and groups or religious establishments you are involved in, etc. It can be a time consuming process, but it is worth it in the end, if you receive money.

    We wish you all the best,
    EducationGrant Editor

  26. I have been searching the web for grants &/or scholorships provided to single mothers. I am a single mother of 3, I am trying to put my oldest daughter (age 19) through college while putting myself through as well. I just finished my very first college degree after being out of high school for nearly 20.5 yrs. I recently became unemployed and have decided to go after my dream of becoming a Registered Nurse (since opportunity presented itself here..) I already have one loan that will go into repayment in September, my only income is the unemployment I receive and I need to find as much help as I possibly can. I have put my past 20 years on hold to raise my children (my two special needs and the other disabled). LIfe has thrown its obsticles to me on a continuous basis and I need to get past this financial barrier I have been placed in. Can you please lead me in the direction I need to be in to search for help in easing this burden? Thank you in advance for your insight!

  27. The Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund listed in the “state and school financial aid programs” above should be moved to the section below that titled “Single Mom Scholarships from Private Foundations & Organizations”. The Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund is a private nonprofit organization, rather than a state agency. Please visit our website at to learn more.

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  29. hi my name is samantha and i have a daughter and i am finding it hard to get things like buying things and all that

  30. I’m a struggling Mom trying to better my life by becoming an example for my children. Any grant or schlorship information would be greatly appreciated. I’m currently a student and need additional monies in order to further my education.

  31. I am a single mom and have an associates degree in accounting… I want to go back to a local dental assisting school.. but I cant find it on lists when I try to apply so I cant finish the application… Can I apply for a some kind of grant and pick the school of my choice???

    Denise M Kidd

  32. Hi, Thanks for reading!
    Check out our private scholarship page:, and our scholarships for non-traditional students page: You also may be eligible for grants. You will need to fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) form, which you can find here:
    Best of luck,
    EducationGrant Editor

  33. Hi, Thanks for reading!
    For more information on financial aid, please visit:
    Also, contacting your financial aid advisor to find out more information may be helpful.
    Best of luck,
    EducationGrant Editor

  34. I am the mother of 2 and graduated from high school 12 years ago. I have worked for a company for 11 years and have recently been let go. I now have no income but this has pushed me to try to do what I have always wanted to. I would like to go to cosmetology school. With no income I do not know how to pay for school and child care. I know I should fill out fafsa papers but is there anything else that can help me. I need all of the help I can get.

  35. Hi Nikki, Thanks for reading!
    You should definitely fill out the FAFSA in order to know how much financial aid you will receive. Also, apply for grants like the Pell Grant.
    You should also look into any scholarships you may be eligible for. Check out scholarships for mothers, scholarships in your community, or scholarships offered by the school you intend to go to.
    I would also talk with the guidance counselor at the school you are planning to attend. They may have more information and advice for you.

    Best of luck, and congrats on going back to cosmetology school!
    EducationGrant Editor

  36. I am trying to open a family business hair salon. With plenty different services available. I want to go to school to be a Cosmetologist, but have no way to pay for the schooling, housing, vehicle, child care, and everything else that goes with being a wonderful mother. Is there anything that can help pay for Cosmetology School? They are not set up for financial aid either.

  37. Hi, Thanks for reading!
    You should be able to apply for financial aid, regardless of the school you are planning on attending. To make sure, I would contact the financial aid department of the school you are planning on attending, and ask them about the financial aid they offer. Either way, to apply for financial aid, you will need to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, which is located online at the U.S. Department of Education’s website:

    Visit out Pell Grant page: for more information on Pell Grants and other grants that you may qualify for. Grants are gifts of money that you don’t have to repay – that is, if you qualify for them, and then receive them. Your FAFSA form is your Pell Grant application, so fill it out and see!

    Search for scholarships in your town, state, from organizations and establishments in your community, local business, corporations, etc. Ask the school you are planning on attending what scholarships they offer.

    There are also student loans you can take out, although you will need to pay these back over time. And they will earn interest. Try and find financial aid packages, grants or scholarships before considering a student loan.

    Best of luck!
    EducationGrant Editor

  38. i am a single mother of two and i finally got the chance to go back to school, but the school never told me about grants and scholarships so i am trying to find single mother grants to help me pay for my classes because all these student loans are to much.

  39. I am a full time student and a mother of two. I was working two jobs while going to school and taking care of my kids. I was laid off from both of my jobs. I am needing help in finding a grant or something that will help me in paying my monthly bills. We are fixing to get kicked out of our home if I don’t do somethng. I have thought about quiting school so that I could maybe find a full time job. I have to do something. My daughter is disabled and I just need some help.

  40. How I wish scholarships for single dads were elaborated in this article too. Anyway, I agree (may it be scholarships for single moms or dads) should be granted to those who are really needy. Not just because they are single moms or dads, they are entitled to get that scholarship. Requirements to pass that said program should be observed to make sure that the programs are given to the most deserving ones.

  41. Lori,

    Sorry to hear about your hardships. Have you tried talking to a financial advisor about your situation? They may be able to help you figure out how to handle your finances better. Have you applied for a grant? Have you filled out the FAFSA form for financial aid assistance? Look for scholarships that you may be qualified for!

    Best of luck!
    EducationGrant Editor

  42. hello, i’m a single mother of 2, i’ve went to college 3yrs ago but had to quit to began working full time, i work as a STNA, I really would love to start at Galrn college of nursing, 2yrs and get my RN, but their cirrcurilum requires you to go full time, mon-fri which wouldn’t be bad, but tha leaves me no time to work… Is there any aid out there that can help me through these two years??

  43. I am a single mother of two and I dont have time for work and school. I was accepted into a school that offers a LPN program. It will cost me $15,000 to go there. I am going to recive $5,550 from a pell grant and that leaves me with $9450 still to cover. There is a WIA grant that I am trying to get and I will find out how much that will cover within the next two weeks. I know it wont cover the rest of my tuition is there a grant/scholarship out there that will help out in the nursing field for single moms?

  44. I am a single mother of a sophomore in high school. I received my associates in accounting from University of Phoenix in Jan 09 and will have my bachelors in Nov 2010. I plan on continuing to my masters, passing the CPA exam, and then obtaing my doctorate in business administration. I am only getting federal grants ans students loans so I really need other grants ans scholarships for my classes plus I’m looking for assistance with grants for housing, vehicle purchase, debt repayment, and business startup. I have searched online but it is overwhelming and no real step process to apply. I need all the information I can get! Any suggestions?

  45. HI my name is Danielle I am 28 and a proud single mother of a 8month old boy. I am desperatly wanting to go back to school. My two issues are that I still owe my community college around $300.00 with no means to pay it back(I’m currently collecting welfare). Besides having a extremly low-income and being in debt to my college, I’m unsure if I want to study in accounting or in physcology. Do you have any advice that would be useful to me??? How are the on-line college degrees viewed in the work world??

  46. I am a 26 year old divorced/single mom. I am currently attending brown mackie college. I have recieved the pell grant but still need more help to cover school. Does any one know how I can get more grants or scholarships that arent just a scam?

  47. Hi,

    Thanks for reading. I would contact the financial aid department of Brown Mackie College and ask them if there are any specific scholarships or grants that you can apply for. Look for scholarships specific to your major. Also, look in your community, and (if applicable) ask your religious establishment if they have any scholarships. Local businesses and other organizations/companies may also sponsor scholarships that might not be listed online – call them up and ask around! Researching takes time, but every penny you can receive through scholarships or grants counts!

    Best of luck,
    EducationGrant Editor

  48. Hello,
    I am also a single mother and looking for grants. But I have a problem that I have not seen mentioned here. As I already have my Associate’s Degree and began working towards my Bachelor’s degree, I went to two private institutions that ate up all of my “governmental limit” as far as receiving funds (at the undergrad level – – if you guys know anything about this). So I am in DESPERATE need of any and all GRANTS for single mothers and otherwise that anyone may know about. ANY help will be much appreciated as I only have 40 more credits to go in order to obtain my Bachelor’s degree.

    Thanking you in Advance,

    T. Kelley

  49. I am also a single mother and looking for grants.. I am attending my first year toward getting my associate’s degree. I am having trouble finding more funding to help pay my fees and a grant to help with housing coat while attending college full time.. please help me out


    Natesha :)

  50. Hi,
    Im recently a divorced single mom…only 6 credits shy of 2 associate degrees and plan to continue education for a bachelors in forensic science. I have very low income and bills that dont stop as is. Im trying to find grants and scholarships to continue my education but im at a dead end. If anyone knows of websites or scholarships for single mothers who cant go to school full time since of course i have to work I’d appreciate it. Thanks!!!

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  53. I am an associate degree instructor at a proprietary school and in the process of tracking down grants and scholarships for our students. If you have any suggestions of websites I can look at, I would greatly apprecitate it. Most of our students are hispanic and single mothers.

  54. Abolutely…I’d suggest you check out a digital magazine all about a Single Parent’s Guide to College or check out because they have great resources as well.

  55. I am a single mother of 2 and attending an online school from a Masters in Psychology. Where can I find grants for graduate students?

  56. I am a single parent trying to go back to school. I hold a full-time shift-work job and raise my 5 year old, run to her activities, and try to attend the ONLY school around here that offers my major (which is 2 hours away, mind you). I can’t go part-time at work because I will loose my benefits (401K, insurance for my daughter and myself, etc). Even if I would attempt to go part-time, I would gross JUST over the max of any state assistance (food stamps, medicaid for my daughter, etc) and leave myself with NO kind of insurance. I have about $10k in student loans already and figure if I take 4 classes per semester, I only have 4 semesters (or 2 years) left to complete my BS. Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen because the last semester I attended college, I had to pay EVERYTHING out of pocket until I got my financial aid-the last month of the semester. I have researched online for single parent grants/scholarships but am unable to find one for my age 22-26, white, in my state, and not a first time freshman. When I say I have researched, I’m talking about sitting on the computer for HOURS at a time, and I have still come up with NOTHING, other than the FAFSA, of course. If anyone knows where I may locate some kind of assistance, that would be great.

  57. I am a single mother who is currently a public school teacher and I am very unhappy in said career. Long story short, I wanted to change degrees during my senior year of college and my ex-husband, in his infinite wisdom, disagreed with my doing so. Recently, after taking career inventories through my career services department at my university I have narrowed my desired degree to two options, either a degree in Human Resources or Public Administration.

    With all of this stated, there appears to be a ton of money availible to those with little or no education but I can’t manage to find anything for those who seek to obtain a masters degree or beyond. While I can appreciate that I make above minimum wage, I am by no means wealthy. Any suggestions of where to find graduate scholarships?

    I would like to add a comment to some of the previous recommendations not to just attain a degree in education simply to obtain a grant; you may end up in a profession you dislike with a degree that does not easily translate into other career fields. In addition, those grants require you to spend a considerable amount of time teaching in less than desireable schools and if you don’t complete that given amount of time teaching you may have to pay that “free” money back. Having taught in innercity schools, I can tell you from experience, there is a reason teachers don’t readily teach in those areas. Lack of materials, lack of parental and administrative support, and unsanitary conditions are just the beginning of the list of reasons you don’t want to teach in those schools. Just a word of caution and insight. I did manage to get some of my student loans forgiven from the time I spent in lower economic schools and I did meet some awesome students, teachers, and parents but it is definately not for the faint of heart! Make sure this is something you really desire to do; not just something you decide to do in order to get some help financially for a college education.

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