While most women dream of having a happy, stable and fulfilling family life, reality sometimes doesn’t cooperate. Whether through divorce or the death of a spouse, you can find yourself raising your kids alone without the help of a husband. Supporting a family can be very tough, especially if you are a single mother. It can be that much harder if your job options are limited because you haven’t finished college.
Juggling child-raising and a job can be incredibly difficult if you are doing it all yourself. Even if you could work in attending college classes on top of caring for your childrens’ needs and working a job, college is not cheap. Having been there, I know that a helping hand with the finances can be an absolute Godsend!
The good news is that many universities offer college scholarships and grants specifically intended for single moms. All you have to do is find those schools — and using the internet can make that job a thousand times easier. That is, IF you know the right places to search. There are literally hundreds of colleges and universities that might offer grants, so checking each one directly could take a long, long time.
You should think about applying for a college scholarship like applying for a job. You should make yourself presentable, and make sure all your important papers are organized and ready. Most will expect you to provide transcripts or GPAs from any schools you have attended before, proof of your High School graduation or a GED, and scores for SATs or ACTs from your senior year if you have taken them (which you probably did).
There are lots of places you can go to start your search. Ask for information from your state’s department of education. Contact nearby schools directly and speak to their financial aid departments or guidance counselors. Some employers also offer support for employees who want to continue their educations. Never forget the old standby, your public library, even in this electronic age.
The drawback of most of these methods is that they require a lot of time and effort on your part, looking up contact numbers, making phone calls, maybe visiting nearby schools. The good news is that a lot of this can be done online. And if you make use of grant and scholarship aggregators, you can cut the time it will take a LOT. I’ve provided a link to one of the better aggregators below.
There are all sorts of deals out there, but beware of scams because there are plenty of outfits out there who want to victimize you. Check any scholarship deals that you find, know all the requirements like transcripts, letters of recommendation, essays, and other important papers to prove your eligibility.
Since one of the biggest issues producing financial demands on the government is single-parent homes (usually single moms) living at or below the poverty line, there are a lot of government resources available to try to help those single mothers lift themselves out of poverty, and educational grants and scholarships are one of the biggest. That’s what the money is for — why not take advantage of it and make your life a little easier? Improve your kids’ future by looking for a scholarship to help support your college needs. The new and better job that you want is within your reach!
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