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Financial Aid & Grants for Single Mothers

    • Private financial aid is an option for single mothers.mother and daughter image by Joann Cooper from

      For single mothers who would like to pursue an education, federal and state government financial aid programs are available as well as a variety of private funding options. The first step is to fill out the FAFSA (federal student aid application) and then apply for grants such as the Pell Grant, Academic Competitive Grant (ACG), Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), National SMART Grant and the TEACH Grant. Grants do not need to be repaid and are designated for low-income students. Many states also provide funding specifically for single women such as the Florida George Snow Scholarship Fund Scholarship for Single Parents. For women who do not meet the criteria for these types of financial aid, awards through private financial aid are also available.

    Raise the Nation

    • Raise the Nation is a nonprofit organization with a mission to help economically support single women who wish to pursue an education. The organization offers two scholarship options and one grant option. The grant is for professional single parent women who conduct volunteer work. This is a student loan repayment grant, and the amount paid out corresponds with the amount of volunteer work the candidate accomplishes. For women whose careers consist of helping or teaching within their communities, no further volunteer work is necessary.

      The Child of a Single Parent Woman Scholarship is for the children of single mothers who wish to attend college, are under 24 years old and are claimed as their mothers' dependents.

      The Scholarship For Continuing Education is open to all single mothers who are enrolled in a post-secondary course of study and who are in need of financial resources, but do not necessarily qualify for government programs. These awards are offered for fall and spring sessions and applications are available on the organization's website.

      Raise The Nation
      P.O. Box 8058
      Albuquerque, NM 87198

    Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation Award

    • Patsy Takemoto Mink was the first woman of color elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. She served Hawaii's second Congressional District for two sessions, once from 1965 to 1976 and then again from 1990 to 2002. She established the Takemoto Mink Education Foundation in 2003 and provides five Education Support Awards annually to low-income mothers for up to $2,000 each. Other requirements for this award are that the candidate be: older than 17; enrolled in an accredited program for skills training, ESL, GED, technical/vocational, associate degree, first bachelor's degree or a professional/master/doctoral degree program; and have a low income, meaning a family income for two that is less than $17,500, a family income for three that is less than $22,000, aor a family income for four that is less than $26,500. Applications are available on the foundation's website.

      Patsy Takemoto Mink Foundation
      P.O. Box 769
      Granby, MA 01033

    Soroptimist Women's Opportunity Awards

    • As an international women's organization, Soroptimist is designated for business and professional women who volunteer their time and financial support to international and community-based projects that benefit women and girls.

      The organization offers seven awards that recognize women who have: participated in girls' volunteer efforts; survived a natural or man-made disaster; experienced domestic violence in the workplace; raised awareness about sexual trafficking; promoted club projects; inspired women to live their dreams; and women who help other women. Soroptimist's biggest project is the Soroptimist Women's Opportunity Awards, which provide women with a total of more than $1 million in cash awards annually.

      Applicants must: be enrolled in or have been accepted to an undergraduate degree program or a vocational/skills program; demonstrate financial need; be the primary provider for their families; and cannot have earned an undergraduate degree previously.

      Soroptimist International of the Americas
      1709 Spruce St.
      Philadelphia, PA 19103-6103

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