Finding Scholarships for a Mom

Locating scholarships for a mom can often be like finding a needle in a haystack – ok perhaps not THAT hard but you know what I mean!

I wonder why so many colleges and employers think that moms will not make good students or employees?

Perhaps it is due to the commitment issue: they just think you don’t have the time to commit yourself to the study or the job. We know this is wrong though!

If you know that you can be a great student, and if you are ready to take on a college degree, then a scholarship is the best way to get the cash for college so that money won’t be a problem for you. Finding scholarships for moms returning to school does not have to be daunting or difficult. But you do have to know where to look.

Some of the best ways to find scholarships for a mom who wishes to go to school include:

1. The Internet
The internet has a few great resources for finding scholarships and grants. Look at websites from reputable colleges and universities.

2. Go to College Campuses
Make a list of colleges you are interested in and go visit them. Talk to the department about grants and scholarships – they may have one that is perfect for you.

3. Government Departments
Call or go to your local education department or state department who will have a lot of useful information about mothers who wish to go to college.

4. Win a Scholarship
If you don’t meet merit or other criteria then winning a scholarship is a great way to get one. Just enter as many competitions and draws as you can and who knows, you may become a winner.

These are just 4 of the ways to find a scholarship if you are a mom wishing to return to school.

President Biden’s Plans for Moms Going Back to School?

President Biden has previously spoke of the desire for free college tuition to be available to all Americans.

Now that the President has taken office, what can we as moms expect to see from the new administration when it comes to financial assistance for mothers wanting to study, single mothers going back to school, and those moms who may have already started studying but had to put it on hold due to finances or family commitments.

Specific details about education, college and adult college tuition is yet to be known, but we can be almost certain that there will be some positive changes made which will potentially make a giant difference to any mom who dreams of going back to school, no matter what your age or where you live.

At front of mind of course is that President Biden’s wife, Dr Jill Biden, is herself a teacher. This strong family connection to education will no doubt ensure that the President is fully aware of how critical education is to Americans of all ages; including moms.

Colleges are having a tough time right now with COVID, and the Biden administration will no doubt be looking very closely at how to get college education back into full swing again.

We will have to wait and see precisely what the new President is going to reveal when it comes to education, and when it comes to education related finances which is certainly an area of great concern to us moms. This website will be regularly updated with all the latest news and developments.

There has been talk of anything from student loan forgiveness being a priority, to the aforementioned free college opportunities which is said to be a passion of Jill Biden. Specifically this has been spoken of as being free tuition for two years at a community college. If this idea comes to reality, it will be of huge benefit to moms who have previously struggled to come up with the money for tuition fees and those who do not want to take on more student debt.

Trump Coronavirus Stimulus Payments

Working moms, students and low income single mothers are likely to receive a one-off government payment as part of a stimulus measure from the Trump administration to address the economic downturn as a result of the coronavirus.

Trump announced today that they will be “sending out checks” to virtually every American, so you can expect to receive a payment sometime in the next two or three weeks.

The amount is yet to be confirmed but is thought to be around the $1000 mark.

This money will be welcomed by all moms: whether you had already gone back to school and are struggling with expenses, if you’re a single mom on a low income, or if you’re working full time and have seen your salary decrease as a result of this crisis; or worse, if you’ve lost your job completely and now have no income.

Adult Degree Completion Scholarships (Maine) $4000/Yr for Women Going Back To School

Did you start a college degree in Maine, but had to drop out before you could complete it?

Then you could qualify for up to $4000 per year in scholarships with the Adult Degree Completion Scholarship from the University of Maine. If your gap out of college has been for three or more years and you were studying at a University of Maine institution, then this is a scholarship that can help get your studies back on track.

There are a lot of reasons why you might have had to drop out of your college degree. Whatever the reason was, there’s nothing more disappointing than knowing you can’t continue with the studies you were so determined to complete. The main reason that women drop out of a degree early include:

  • Financial difficulties – if you can’t afford to study, you might have had to go back to full time work instead
  • Divorce – ending a relationship can place all sorts of hardship on you, making it difficult to maintain a study routine
  • Raising children – many women with young children go back to college, but some find it too challenging to juggle both, particularly when there is little to no support available
  • Lack of confidence – your grades might not be what you hoped for, dashing your hopes of completing the degree. This can often be a result of not having enough time to study due to having to work part time or look after a family

So whichever circumstance caused you to stop your studies early, if you were in the UMA system three or more years ago, there’s now hope that you can go back and complete your degree with financial assistance.

This scholarship can award you up to $4000 per year for the remainder of your studies. For many women this can be all the difference in being able to study, or having to let go of your dream forever.

Here’s all you need to know about this scholarship:

What is the Adult Degree Completion Scholarship?

  • You need to be a returning undergraduate student in Maine who has been out of college for a minimum of 3 years
  • You must have already completed 30 credits of your degree
  • Even if you intend on studying part time, you can still qualify for this scholarship as long as you are completing 6-8 credits each semester.

How much is it worth?

  • Students can receive up to $4,000 per academic year for the remainder of your studies (maximum of 8 semesters)

How do I apply for the Adult Degree Completion Scholarship?

Applications are completed online at the official website right here

There are two cut off dates depending on when you are returning to school: August 1 for a full academic year, and December 1 for an award for spring semester. Make sure you meet all five of the listed requirements before you start the application process; and take your time with the application to ensure you have the best possible chance of being selected!

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