Whether you are a young mother who wishes not to give up her dream of becoming a nurse or a recently widowed father who wishes to balance going back to school for your master’s and taking care of a household, there is aid out there for you in the single parents education grant.
There are grants for single mothers and single fathers; most grants need you to prove that you are the head of a household, that you have dependents, and that you are in need. Also, a single parents education grant can be used by institutions to carry out programs to aid single parents; they can be geared towards helping single mothers get their GED to be able to go onto college or allowing a single mother or father to become further specialized by getting a bachelor’s or a master’s.
A single parents education grant need not be paid back, but the individual or institution seeking grant money must demonstrate why the money is needed and how the money will be put towards an the goal of helping single parents. For individuals seeking money for their own studies, oftentimes merely sending personal information is enough, though many more specific grants will need some kind of written statement explaining the need for the money. Often, individuals must meet residency, financial and academic needs to be eligible for a single parents education grant and, at times, certain programs of study must be undertaken to be eligible for grant money.
In the case of institutions seeking grant money, the process is a bit more complex, involving a number of forms to be filled out and a proposal to be written. Proposals must give some background information, the purpose of the grant, the need for the grant, where the grant will be used and for whom (the target population), the strategies to carry out the grant, the personnel employed, methods for evaluating the success of the project, and a budget. Depending on the specific project, then, there may be other, more particular, needs.
Grants of this nature can be donated by the federal or state government, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, research institutions, funding institutions, corporations, or private individuals. Grants.gov is an excellent place to start the search, which is a site listing all Federal grants available ($400 billion are available) as is Ed.gov, the home page of the US Department of Education. Internet searches are helpful, and sites such as finaid.org, collegeanswer.com, and the Michigan State Library website are excellent sources for single parents education grant information.
One of the best ways to research grant opportunities is to visit your regional foundation library, located at most major universities. Your local library will also have books listing grant opportunities, and you can consult with the librarian if you have any questions. These kinds of books will also be available either at your high school counselor’s office or your university’s financial aid office. You can buy these books at book stores.