Grants come from various sources, including federal and state governments, colleges and universities, and other organizations. Students typically receive grants as part of their educational institution’s financial aid package after filling out the FAFSA form. Federal Pell Grants are the most common type of federal grant, and students may use these funds for childcare expenses.
Student-parents should also look for additional grants and scholarships for which they may qualify. Some colleges even offer grants specifically for parents of minor children. For example, the University of California, Berkley offers a Parent Grant for undergraduate student-parents with dependent children under 18. Additionally, the California Student Aid Commission also extends a Students with Dependents grant to those who qualify.
Scholarships for student-parents can also provide much-needed financial support for education. Scholarships usually cater to students in certain colleges, fields of study, or a specific geographic area. For example, theCapture the Dream Single Parent Scholarshipoffers $1,000 to single parents residing in California’s Bay Area. Another example comes from Texas State University, where the Athena Scholarship for Women awards $3,000 to single mothers with at least one minor child who can demonstrate financial need. Finding the right grant or scholarship may take some digging, but, when available, such resources can help defray costs.