Grants for Single Parents

October 22, 2011

Many programs recognize that mothers and fathers are degree-seeking students who have multiple priorities, yet these single parents want to pursue careers for a better future. Often, these parents are less privileged to spend money on an education, and thankfully, certain organizations and government-funded grants recognize this need. Many single parent grants and scholarships are available in each state. You can always apply for a Pell Grant and other fellowships by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Assistance League

The Assistance League is an organization that offers financial aid programs by state for single parents. You can search for programs in each state and pick one that suits you. Some of the programs have specific limitations, such as completing a certain amount of coursework at a community college or age limitations. You can find out more by becoming a member of The Assistance League and finding a chapter in your area.

Searching By College

Most colleges have a financial aid program for single parents. While many of these programs require that you first fill out the FAFSA, your college's financial aid office should put together a package that helps you pay your tuition and meet some living expenses as long as you demonstrate financial need. For example, Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) offers the FGCU Single Parent Grant to one needy independent student who are also single parents and filed a FAFSA.

Grants for Single Mothers

Multiple scholarship and grant opportunities specifically apply to single mothers. Some of these include The Jeanette Rankin Foundation Scholarship Program that has helped thousands of women continue their college education. The Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation for Low-Income Women and Children was established in 2003 and offers financial programs to low-income mothers. The R.O.S.E. Scholarship is another program, however it specifically relates to single mothers who have survived domestic violence.

Grants by State

More single parent awards are listed by each state. You can find these scholarships by looking in financial aid directories or contacting your college's financial aid office. Many of these scholarships and grants pertain to directly to a college, such as the Ruth Lister Scholarship, which is only for University of Alaska students. In Kansas, you can apply for The Single Parents with Children Scholarship, which is open to single, divorced and widowed students, but only who attend Emporia State University.

As you plan for college, you should always take advantage of the government assistance programs for families, such as food stamps, tax credits and medical aid to offset some of the cost of going to college. Many colleges also recognize students with full time jobs or even supply work-study programs for students in specific fields who demonstrate financial need.

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