Where to Find Free Financial Aid for Moms Going Back to School
By Jennifer Lewis
Are you a mom who would love to go back to school and learn new skills? You may be interested in advancing an already existing education or learning about a field that is new to you. If your budget is limited, you may put your desire for learning on the back burner, thinking that it is impossible because the money is not there. However, you should never deny yourself an education, especially when there is financial aid available to you.
• Charlotte W. Newcombe Scholarships
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You may be the mother of older children and now have the desire to get an education that you denied yourself before. If you have not pursued a college education and are over the age of 25, you may qualify for a scholarship from this organization. One requirement is that you will need to have college credits of at least 60 hours.
• Federal Government
The Government offers grants that you may be able to use for your college education. By filling out a FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, you can learn what type of grant you may qualify for that can help you with your tuition.
• Educational Institutions
Many colleges and universities offer scholarships to students. If you are applying to a certain college, inquire with the financial aid department as to the types of scholarships that are available. Many schools will want to know if you have completed a FAFSA, as the scholarship amount you may receive from the college will depend on what the government may already have awarded to you.
• The Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting
This organization can help those women who have a degree in Accounting and want to continue their education. You can find financial assistance if you are a single parent and/or the head of the household. Awards will vary in amount from one year to the next, and you must prove that you require financial aid.
• Your Employment
If you are a mom who is currently employed, your employer may be able to assist you with financial aid. You will become a more valuable employee if you further your education, which will work to the benefit of your employer.
• American Association of Women
For those of you who are majoring in a male-dominated degree program, such as engineering, math or computer science, you may be able to receive a scholarship from this organization in an amount from $5,000 up to $20,000.
• American Business Women’s Association
You may be interested in continuing your education in a certain program without actually obtaining a degree. If so, you may be able to obtain financial aid through this association, allowing you to learn skills that will flesh out your resume and help you to acquire a better paying position.
As a mom, you do so much for others. It is about time that you did something for yourself by getting the assistance you need to help with your education.
Jennifer Lewis writes for a website that provides useful advice on college scholarships for women, including scholarships for women over 25. She thinks moms should apply for any financial help they are entitled to, as a low income shouldn’t be a barrier to getting a degree.