I am a 25 year old single mother. I recently completed my B.A. in sociology and I am looking foward to getting my masters in criminal justice. I have a very high G.P.A. but I am having a hard time finding money for school. Any information about scholarships/money for college would be helpful for me.
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Here is an excerpt from my blog:
Grants for single mother assistance take many forms. Many grants are small, especially grants for single mother education assistance. However, these small grants can be combined with other forms of assistance and aid. By combining several grant and assistance packages, the single mother can often finance tuition, books, transportation and, even, daycare.
The most common type of education grant that can from $400 to $4,050 per year, depending on the cost of the school, the need of the student and the student s enrollment status. The financial aid office at all participating schools will have all information necessary to apply for these grants.
There are numerous foundations offering grants for single mother assistance. These foundations generally only require that the applicant be a single mother or the child of a single mother in order to be eligible for the grant. Some foundations offer grants to assist in paying off student loans. The applicant is often expect to perform community service or do volunteer work in order to qualify for the grant. Professional women who are willing to volunteer their professional services to the community are especially eligible for grants to repay student loan debt. Teachers who are also single mothers may qualify for these grants without doing additional volunteer service, as teaching is considered to be a contribution to the community in and of itself.
Grants for single mother housing assistance are available through HUD. In addition to HUD grants, many states offer housing grants to single mothers. These grants may take the form of special loan packages and they may also pay all or a portion of the closing costs for home purchases. There are also grants available to help single mothers with the down payment on a home. These grants are generally State sponsored.
There is also a push by President Obama that has resulted in even more grants for single mothers that want to continue their education!
You should also look into other forms of financial assistance or "free money" as some would call it.
You may not be aware of it but there are at least a few competitions for single mothers. One is an essay-type kind of competition where the winners receive up to $250 - which they can use the money for whatever they like.
In one state you can apply for a program that will pay your enrollment fees if you decide to attend one of the state's community colleges.
Also you just check out some of the online sites where you can simply request money. Some of them will require documention but I know of at least one site where you can request up to $1000 (maybe even more in some cases) for a financial need.
The only reason that I know of these programs is because I do grant research for a living and have found various information like this for clients.
Can you imagine all the other programs out there that I haven't found yet!