Grants for Single Parents

This article focuses on the possibilities of obtaining government grants for single parents. The possibilities are better for single female parents, but do exist for single parents of any gender. Government grants are not just for organizations! Anyone in need is likely eligible for a government grant of one sort or another.

Grants for Single Parents
By David Pierce

A few years back my sister became pregnant and had to quit school. She had gotten behind in high school, because of a troubled family. She finally decided she had to finish and though one year behind, finished high school Her plans were to go on to college, which she did. It was her pregnancy that put a stall on these plans.

She paid for her first semester out of her own pocket, with money she had earned from a summer job. When she became pregnant, she was pretty much on her own, without any help from the father or his family. Although she had every intention of going back to school, realizing how important it was for her to getting a decent paying job, she was struggling to just keep up with the mounting hospital and baby bills. She barely had enough money to support herself, let alone pay for an education. She was also worried about who would baby sit her son while she was attending school, even if she could figure out to get there.

My sister had excellent grades when she did attend, so it would be a shame if she could not raise the money to continue and ultimately complete her education. The lack of funds should not be the major hindrance that it once became. Her impressive transcript of grades I thought should help her continue. I told her about grants that the US government has for single parents, especially single female parents. Since many students are encouraged to get loans, ultimately leading them to drown in debt, she felt that this would never be an option. Single parents are often denied scholarships to help pay for school fees and living expenses for this reason.

Government grants, unlike loans, do not have to be paid back. Grants in amounts up to 40,000 to 50,000 dollars are readily available to students who are 18 years old and above. Most of the grants cover tuition and a small amount is left for books. Depending on the grant, sometimes books are covered.

To get a government grant for tuition, it is wise to contact the school where you wish to attend financial aid office. They will be able to guide you in the right direction. Many times, if you do not persist, they will gear you towards loans that will have to be paid back. Many people use such loans, with a combination of grant proceeds to live off of. A much better idea would be to obtain the grant and apply for a work study program that many universities offer. You will need to find out what requirements there are for the grant. A popular grant that many schools offer is the Pell grant. A Pell grant has a few stipulations. The student must be drug free and maintain a satisfactory grade point average.

You can find out more information about government grants for education by visiting your local school or visiting their website. There is also a wealth of information on Pell grants and similar grants on the internet. Obtaining a grant and continuing your education does not have to be a complicated process.

David Pierce is owner of Easy Grant Money A website aimed at educating those interested in obtaining grants.

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