One of the main priorities for a single mom may be to increase her earning potential. The best way to go about doing this is through higher education. If the family budget is already tight, paying for a college education may be impossible. Luckily, there are programs offering education assistance.
The Financial Aid Advisor has information on the assistance programs that are available through both public sectors and private. The website offers the ability for the prospective student to answer questions so that an assistance profile can be created. This profile will include a program description and suggestions of where to look for more information. To get a profile that will calculate the Expected Family Contribution or amount of a Federal Pell Grant, information related to your income tax will be needed to be given.
For the most extensive student financial assistance programs that are federally funded, check with the U.S. Department of Education and see if you meet the eligibility requirement. Other sources for financial assistance are the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. armed Forces, and the Veteran’s Administration. These and many other Federal and state organizations and agencies have specific eligibility criteria.
Contact the financial aid office of each school that you are considering attending. New financial assistance programs are available every year. Many times the sward amounts and eligibility requirements of the programs will change. This could mean that you are no longer eligible or that the change is in your favor and you will now be considered for the award.
While the federally funded Pell Grant is widely know, nonfederal assistance is also available for many students. Religious organizations, civic groups and community organizations are often a source for single moms who want to continue their education. Check with organizations that are related to the field you wish to study to see if they offer assistance to students. Take the time to apply for all scholarships for which you are eligible. Some scholarships are small, while some cover almost all of the educational expense, but even an award of a small scholarship will help with the high cost of education.
If you have any unusual circumstances that will make it hard for you to pay for your education such as other tuition expenses, medical expenses, or unemployment, talk to a financial aid administrator. It may be possible to have the cost adjusted.