Having a child is a wonderful gift but it can often disrupt your life and education. The responsibilities of raising your child will be so great and the pressure so intense that every thing else will be put on hold. Paying for college as a single mother is certainly possible. But it’s a long term process to get the funding — and you have to put some real work into the process of getting that aid.
Single mother life brings with it a few worries along the way. Finance will be the main one and being able to provide for your child will be a concern on a daily basis. As long as you can keep a level head and make sure that your child’s life will not be affected then colleges will allow you to work adaptively so that you can create a better future for you and your child.
There are a few programs that colleges will offer, to encourage you to get back onto the education ride. This article will look at one or two of them and define why college for single mothers does not have to be a distant dream and can become a reality very quickly. You will always have the chance to finish that dream degree or college course.
Scholarships from schools have been around for a long time and are highly desirable to those that operate within the lowest income brackets. The reason they are so popular is because they will pay for a full college course and education. This can often amount to thousands and will eradicate any memory that you may have about the financial burden of learning. Use it wisely as you will be expected to buy books and learning materials with it.
The thing to remember with these kind of scholarships is that they will vary from college to college. Some may be for a much larger amount than others. It is also key to remember that in order to get a scholarship, you will need a very unique set of circumstances or intelligence and you will have to prove both of these.
There are also a host of so called “private scholarship.” These are scholarships offered by non-profit organizations, business, and even websites that you can seek money from. There are a lot of them out there. Besides private scholarships and school-offered scholarships, the government may have scholarship programs available to. Since these programs chance quite often, you need to check with your school’s financial aid office for a updated scholarship and grant list.
One private scholarship you might want to consider is the easy-to-apply-for $10k Scholarship for Working Adults. This is not so much a scholarship in the sense that you “win” money with grades, but rather a monthly draw. Single mothers can apply. The winner gets 10 thousand dollars to use towards school. This is but one example of some of the private scholarship offers available on websites and from private organizations. Finding programs like these are key to paying for college when you are a single parent with little income to spare.
Another option for funding that you could consider to get back into education is a Federal Pell Grant. These grants are similar in scholarships in the fact that you will not have to pay back the money but they have two drawbacks. Firstly, the amount you can apply for will be a lot less that a full scholarship and it will not cover a longer period of time. You will need to fill out the FAFSA grant application to qualify for this grant (and you must be a student!).
The other is the fact that the application process is very long and drawn out but there are professionals who are paid to help you with this process and increase your chances of going back to college. These people want to help you and will greatly improve your chances of acceptance.
One more idea to toss out there is to get a degree online. If you choose to do a degree/career program over the internet, you can save a fortune in tuition costs and you can work on your degree on your own hours from the comfort of your own home. Check out Excell for Women which is a degree-matching program for women.
Do not under any circumstances give up on the dreams you have about a full education. Single mom college does not have to be a dream and it is becoming increasingly desirable with each day that passes.