Many mothers in the United States want to either attend college for the first time or return to college after taking care of their family. More than 80% of moms lack the education needed to get ahead. In order to get ahead, they need a higher education. The number one reason for moms not returning to school is the cost of higher education. Fortunately, there are options to help pay for these expenses.
The federally issued Pell Grant is provided by the United States Government for students who demonstrate financial need. For the 2011-2012 academic year, the maximum Pell Grant award is $5,550 for full-time students. Anyone who is enrolled less than full-time will have their funds adjusted proportionally. All Pell Grant applicants must complete a free online FASFA application at Fafsa.ed.gov.
Many states offer grants to students who are residents of that state. Since each state is different, information for state grants can be found online by searching for the state name and college grant. For example, the state of Texas offers a Texas Grant for Texas residents who graduated from a Texas high school. The maximum award for this grant is $6,780 per academic year. Most state grants are for students who demonstrate financial need or entering a specific program where there is a need.
There are many scholarships available specifically for mothers returning to school. The Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund is designed to help low-income women age 35 and older to return to school and the Possible Woman Foundation International provides a limited number of scholarships to women, ages 25 and older. A quick search on the internet can reveal available scholarships.
There are many options for mom’s returning to college. Most can be found by searching the internet. Another valuable resource is to talk to your financial aid counselor. They can help you navigate the often confusing plethora of scholarships and grants.