A grant issued by the federal government is a form of financial aid that is awarded to those whose current personal situations meet the guidelines established by the grant-issuing agency. Grants are offered to provide a legally endorsed benefit to the public. The good news is that federal grants, which are not loans that require repayment, are offered to single parents who want to finish their post-secondary degrees.
These government programs are designed to offer financial aid to parents faced with exceedingly difficult financial burdens that typically happen when raising a family on one parent’s income. It may require some research to find these grants, but the financial benefits are well worth the effort.
Education grants are offered to any parent who can demonstrate that he or she meets the program’s criteria, as defined by the government agency offering the grant. These eligibility requirements have been put in place to help prevent the grant money from being abused by people who do not actually need the financial help.
The single most important criteria associated with these grants surrounds the marital status of the grant candidate; that is,one needs to be divorced, widowed, or never been married. The financial assistance is given to a parent because he or she has no significant other who can be declared as the children’s caretaker. Financial aid, however, is not available to single parents who have incomes that can comfortably support their families’ needs.
When the second parent is disabled, seriously injured, or deceased, there is an increased likelihood that the government will assist the remaining parent who wishes to further his or her education. This can be attributed to the fact that the government believes that educating a single parent is a great way to avoid future financial assistance, as one will be able to secure a better paying job with an advanced degree.
A single parent who achieves an advanced degree will find that this degree will offer him or her a better chance to provide for for his or her family. Single parents, who wish to move forward with their education must first find available grants, and then verify which one will be the best fit for their personal situation.
One of the most frequently awarded federal grants is the Pell Grant. It is offered as a way to assist people who would not typically be able to afford a post-secondary education. Single parents will find their financial situations are likely to meet or exceed the Pell Grant’s needs-based requirements. The applicant must document his or her eligibility, which is based on the type of program one wishes to attend (which must be from a participating school), as well as current household income. Parents can apply for this grant through the financial office of their schools or directly via the United States Department of Education’s website.