Introduction to Single Moms and Fathers
Have you ever wondered if the ads promoting “Grants for Single Mothers” are genuine? Unfortunately, many of the advertisements for Single Mother Grants or Single Parent Family Grants are not genuine, free grant programs.
Some of them lead to listings of financial aid programs that you can buy, and others are simply scams aimed at taking money from those who need the help most. However, there are a few genuine programs offering grants for single mothers and fathers, including those listed below:
Needs-Based Education Grants for Single Mothers and Fathers:
Federal Pell Grants Program. The Federal Pell Grant Program is not limited to single mothers, but it is often touted as a “single mother grant” because government grants have helped many single mothers – and fathers – return to school and increase their income potential.
Federal Pell Scholarships are offered primarily to undergraduate students and are based on the financial need of the candidate. The first step in applying for a Federal Pell Grant is to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which you can do online at the FAFSA website.
Federal grants for additional educational opportunities. FSEOG programs are administered by individual states and operate similarly to the Federal Pell Grant. They are usually allocated to the students who need them the most, based on their FAFSA request.
State grants for single mothers. Many states also offer their own education grants, which single mothers and fathers can take advantage of.
These scholarships are designed to encourage students to pursue higher education. Like the Federal Pell Grant Program, state grants are not limited to single mothers or single parents.
However, some state programs, such as California’s CalGrant program, take into account each applicant’s family circumstances, with the most assistance given to disadvantaged and low-income families. To determine if your state offers a similar grant program for students, visit your state’s financial aid website.
Merit Education Grants for Single Moms and Fathers:
Grant for the Competitiveness of Studies (PCE). The Academic Competitiveness Grant is intended for first- and second-year students who graduated from high school in 2006 or 2005, respectively. ACG money is awarded on the basis of academic merit. Students who wish to be considered for an Academic Competitiveness Grant must complete a FAFSA application.
National SMART grant (Access to science and mathematics to retain talent). The National SMART Grant is awarded to third and fourth-year students enrolled in programs in the physical sciences, life sciences or computer science, mathematics, technology, or engineering, as well as liberal arts programs foreigners and not adults.
Applicants must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 to be considered. Fifth-year students participating in five-year study programs are also eligible.
Student Loan Repayment Grants for Single Moms:
Increase the nation’s loan repayment scholarships for single mothers. Raise the Nation also offers a student loan repayment program to help single mothers with outstanding student loans.
People who receive student loan repayment grants must also give back to the community by sharing their professional services. For example, a lawyer and a single mother, who receive this award, are expected to provide free legal services in the community, for a predetermined period, depending on the amount of the student loan repayment.