Although grants allocated specifically for single mothers may be hard to come by, there are yet a variety of options available for single moms to fund their education. Grants are viewed as scholarships granted on a need-based criteria and come from a wide allocation of funders. Corporations, federal agencies and non-profits are all capable of funding grants that don’t require any form of repayment.
Unique grants are available for women, returning students and low-income structured households. The purpose of the grants is to help individuals who face unique situations effectively overcome obstacles that people under these circumstances sometimes face. Need based grants are subject to change in regards to amounts and this is according to the type of grant received. The amount of grants for single mothers can offer amounts as small as $100 while others may be enough to cover a full tuition and any additional fees. It is important to note that there are some colleges that make discount provisions toward tuition for single moms as well.
For most single mother grants, the first step to qualify of course is to verify that you are indeed a single mother. Different grant associations require various types of proofs for this phase of the qualification process but nothing too out of the ordinary. I mean, don’t expect to have to take a blood test in order to verify that you have children. However, it is a good idea to gather any court orders or tax documents that indicate you as the sole provider for the child.
There is sometimes a need to present proof of need by presenting requested documentation to show that there is a financial need. This is applicable for the process of any FAFSA applications. This is to be expected when applying for any government issued grant.
Private grant agencies tend to use a need based application as well. There are a few private foundations that target single mothers with low incomes as grant recipients. However, when applying for grants not based on the single mother criteria, there are other criteria that must be satisfied as well.