As a single mother, you can often carry all the responsibility of raising your children as well as the financial burden of the family. This can put a huge strain on yourself and often help is out there.
Grants are a form of financial assistance awarded by the government. There are over 900 grants available on the government grant website (www.grants.gov), so it is best to start to have a look there. Whilst this website can be a little confusing, it can be a great resource for those wishing to find specific government grant money for a category that interests them, such as grant money for college, business grants for women and general help for single mothers.
Single mothers are able to receive grants through the state in which they live. If you wish to see what grants for single moms are available, start by contacting your specific state assistance program. Another useful website is www.neh.gov.
Grants For College
For single moms looking for grants to help pay for tuition for college, the first place to start is the Pell Grant which can be anywhere between $400 and $5,000 for eligible applicants. This is a needs based grant, meaning you need to qualify to be awarded the money. To apply for the Pell Grant, you must file for a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) you to see if you are eligible, visit www.fafsa.ed.gov. It is a government website and it is free to apply. Some places will charge you $50.00 for the same application then submit it to fafas.ed.gov themselves, so if you submit the form yourself, you will save this money. You will need the school college code which you can obtain by contacting the college of your choice. Just tell them it is for FAFSA. You can read more about college grants for single mothers at the link.
It is important to point out that applying does not mean you will be granted the money. Unfortunately, many people apply for these grants, and therefore you must meet specific criteria.
As the saying goes, you’ve got to be in it, to win it – so it is worth applying to see if you can get the grant.