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Apply For Obama’s ‘Moms Return To School’ Scholarship

Updated: March 30, 2017

Obama’s ‘Moms Return To School’ grant (or scholarship) is officially known as the Pell Grant.

It has been around for a long time now, but President Obama is really the first President for a while to actually focus on it and make it a priority for people to be aware that they can get this money; especially those who need it the most, like single mothers and women who want to go back to school.

Why get the Pell Grant or other financial aid for school? The Pell Grant could get you around $5000 to put towards your education.

Moms will benefit considerably from having this money to put towards education. And the best part is that you never have to repay it.

Paying for college is hard work. Being a mom myself, I took that leap and decided to go back to school (and I’m so glad I did!) but I could not have done it without some financial assistance.

Do You Qualify for Obama’s Moms Return to School Grant?

Some of the organizations that facilitate obtaining scholarships or grants for paying the college came up with a scheme that tricks single moms. The advertising scam makes use of the reputation of the Obama administration to convince you to register on the websites of these organizations. After registering, you need to pay a fee to gain access to the “valuable” information.

With a little bit of research, you will find out that this information is available for free on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) website. In other words, it means that by paying a fee to register on scam websites, you gain access to government grants which are free.

After checking out the FAFSA criteria, you will know for sure if you qualify for the Pell Grant and other government financial aid for students.

You need to submit your FAFSA and you will get the chance to apply for several governmental financial aid programs, among which the Pell Grant is the most popular and well known.

Select the college that you wish to attend and check the criteria that you need to meet for being eligible to apply for a particular grant.

Most federal student aid scholarships won’t cover your entire tuition fees. If the college fees exceed the amount you can receive from the Pell and other grants, you may have to search for additional financial help such as private scholarships through universities and community organizations.

The fact that you may be a single mom will certainly help you obtain the grants, scholarships or loans as they are aimed at people in the most financial need.

The Department of Education encourages you to continue your education as an adult and certainly encourages you to apply for the all the federal student financial aid that you are eligible for.

Alternatives to the Obama Moms Return to School Grant

Whilst the President is doing a good job of encouraging and helping moms like us to return to school, not everyone will be eligible for the grant and not all eligible moms will get it – there are just too many applicants.

That is why you must look around for other scholarships that will deliver the money you need for school. Use it for your tuition fees, books, computer software or any other expense: as long as you use it to change your life for the better!

Scholarships For Moms With Special Needs Children

Special needs children place extra strain on mothers who want to go back to school

If you have a special needs child, you face challenges that are even greater than many other single mothers and women who want to go back to school.

Having enough time to care for your child’s needs, plus finding the time you need to devote to your studies is what stops so many women in this situation from not following their dream to go to college, get qualified, and move into a well paying, successful career.

So are there any specific grants and scholarships out there for women in your situation, with one or more special needs children? The truth is, you can and should apply for every scholarship that you’re eligible for.

Most scholarships provide the one thing we all need most for our college education: money.

The more money you can gain from one or more scholarship programs, the more you’ll be able to put towards care of your child. Even if you’re studying via distance education or online, having reliable care for your child will free up more time for you to focus on getting great grades.

Every quality scholarship will allow you to use the money for child care and related expenses – these are the programs you need to apply for if you have a special needs child to consider as you embark on your college education as a mother.

As always, your first port of call should be with the Pell Grant from the Federal Government.

  1. Jen
    January 20th, 2021 at 14:24 | #1

    you just have to apply for FAFSA and it would automatically apply for you. They determine your dependents.

  2. Sonia
    May 16th, 2020 at 18:29 | #2

    I hope this message finds you well and free of any complications associated with Covid 19. I applied for the FASFA and would like more information on how to apply for the ‘Mom’s Return to School’ scholarship. I am so thankful for any assistance that you may offer. I am returning to school in the hopes of providing a better life for me and my family.

  3. June 5th, 2018 at 07:07 | #3

    I am a single mother of 4. I have an Associate’s degree and I also have 2 years of college at Mississippi State university. I lack 52 hours to obtain my B.S. degree but I ran out of money before I finished. I am searching for free funding and or scholarships to return to school and finish.Please help

  4. Sheena English
    February 18th, 2018 at 01:14 | #4

    I am a single mother. I dropped out of school and that was the biggest mistake of my life. Now that I’m a parent im struggling so bad. I just want to have a college degree so my daughter and I will have a “safety net”

  5. Amy Murphy
    January 18th, 2018 at 04:28 | #5

    I have a problem keeping a roof and food on the table. I need and want to get a career and not jobs that come and go because of the pay and there r no benefits with these jobs I college would be my choice

  6. Amy Murphy
    January 18th, 2018 at 04:22 | #6

    I am a single mother of 2 and would love to go back to school to further my education. I would love to get help with it by grants that r out there. If anyone knows of one let me know at ty

  7. Irene achieng jalango
    January 11th, 2018 at 09:38 | #7

    Am 31years a single mother of four boy’s, am am interested in going back to high school to finish my secondary school and give my kids a better life, am looking for a grant to help me and my children thank you .

  8. cassandra Frederick
    August 27th, 2017 at 17:32 | #8

    I always dreamed of finishing.I”am 65 and have to do it online because, of myillnes

  9. Debbie
    August 4th, 2017 at 17:11 | #9

    I would love to get my ged

  10. Ginger Love
    July 18th, 2017 at 17:57 | #10

    I want to apply

  11. Maha pacifico ladu Lolik Lolik
    June 12th, 2017 at 14:27 | #11

    Really am complicated and didn,t know what is next to be done and i send my application since june and their is no reply
    i need help what to do?

  12. Maha Pacifico Ladu Lolik
    May 21st, 2017 at 23:07 | #12

    Am from south sudan ,married but life didn,t go well ,have six children ,not working now ,finished my secondary level and got 56% science section biology in St.August in school in khartoum,now my life is turning upside down day after day ,the only way to get out of my sufferings is to go back to school and if possible I wish to get immigration visa too and take my kids with me if God willing to help me in his great kindness by ur granta funds ,also hope to be great wise woman in leadership in future for the shake of my beloved country which is now destroying by wars and famine ,may God bless and keep u always strong to help people like us to overcome our suffering for better life.
    Thanks in the name of our God.

  13. Maha Pacifico Ladu Lolik
    May 21st, 2017 at 22:48 | #13

    married early and life not going well , and have six children hope to finish my study far from my country and take my kids with me if possible I can get immigration visa for all my kids and me only wish to created bright future and be strong woman in my family and also towards my country south Sudan cos now wars cos genocide and famine and hope to be future leader in God,s name and interested for or help to overcome all my difficulties in this suffering .

  14. May 17th, 2017 at 23:08 | #14

    May 17th, 2017 at 23:04 | #1 Reply | Quote Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    I am 47 years old mother with 4 adult children and one 8 year old daughter in school. My 18 year old son is going in the Air Force. My 21 year old son drives contracting vehicles to transport cars and trucks to dealership. My oldest daughter is 28 and she is in training to be a Correctional Officer. And my oldest son is out of the Army and applied to be a Police Officer in Charles County. It seems that all my children have taken the right steps. I have raised them and now it’s my chance to do what I want to do and get my Degree in Radiology. I would love to get into a college by early summer for Radiology or Nuclear Medicine. I have worked in the E.R. department as Emergency Response Dispatcher. I would love to have a career in this field. I know I would love my job and present excellent care to my patients. Please assist me by directing me to whom I am supposed to speak with to get the ball rolling? Thank you. God bless.

  15. Joyce wafula
    March 25th, 2017 at 11:12 | #15

    Iam Joyce from Kenya and am 24yrs old married with one kid and would really like to go back to school because I got married immediately I finished high school and now I like to study again to be empowered as a woman and support my child BT I have got no financial support what do I do

  16. Blanca Manalastas
    July 5th, 2016 at 21:33 | #16

    I would like to go back to school. My company have been under negotiation for different owners and I’m having a feeling that I might get laid off in 6 months. Please send me information on how to get this help and go back to school. There is a nearby community college near our apartment. (Mission College) Please let me know how can I apply for this scholarship program.


  17. Muna jelle
    June 12th, 2016 at 16:57 | #17

    My name muna jelle I’m 36 yrs old single mother with 5 kids i was trying to go back to school i need help please send me same information how to apply this grant, Is been long time since i stop working and studying because of my sick son, now he’s doing ok it’s time to do something my self please help me how to apply this grant.

  18. Kolbi Schons
    June 9th, 2016 at 19:57 | #18

    How do you apply? Looking to get my Bach in Ultrasound Tech

  19. Cassandra
    April 12th, 2016 at 00:21 | #19

    I am a mother and would love to go back to school can you please send me more information on how to apply for this grant?

  20. April Vaughan
    March 4th, 2016 at 12:07 | #20


  21. sally jo
    March 4th, 2016 at 03:28 | #21

    @Ursula Coleman
    Hello Ursula,
    Have you inquired to different schools for culinary/baking arts?
    If you need a guide to help you head in the right direction, I am happy to help.
    The pell grant they speak of on this page is applied for through the website called
    You just go there, click on start new fafsa and answer all their questions.
    If there is a college campus or even a high school near you, one of the advisors or counselors may be able to help you find someone in your area that can walk you through the fafsa application. (or even help you themselves)
    You will want to know the name of the college you want to attend to put it on the fafsa application. When the application is complete, the results will be electronically sent to that school for you. Then you can contact the financial aid office directly to speak with them about how much you qualified for.
    Note: the fafsa website will ask for your email and they will send you a copy of your fafsa letter (dtermination) that will note a EFC number.
    EFC stands for expected family contribution, which is how much you may have to pay for your schooling. The financial aid person at the college can explain all of it in detail. My EFC was all zeros last year so I received the full amount of the pell grant. Next, the actual amount you will receive is pro-rated based on the number of credits you take per term. 12 credits is the standard for full time and is the level you would need to take to receive the full amount of the grant. The pro-rate usually works on a graduated scale, so if you only took 6 credits, which would be half time then you would get half the pell grant award amount. I highly recommend the full 12 credits (usually 4 classes) from a feasibility standpoint. It really is beneficial (financially) to take a full 12 credits.
    That’s probably enough information to get you started. I will check back in a couple days and post a bit more.
    Sally Jo

  22. sally jo
    March 4th, 2016 at 03:17 | #22

    @Donato Avolio
    the first step is the hardest, but you can do this.

  23. sally jo
    March 4th, 2016 at 03:15 | #23

    I find it a bit misleading to promote the pell grant as a scholarship/grant for moms when it is available to anyone. If you take the step to inquire at any educational facility, the first question they ask is if you applied for you pell grant. Another consideration is that depending on your household income level you can receive as much as 5775 in pell funding and also may qualify for the supplement SEOG grant that will give you even more to put towards your schooling.
    For textbooks, I highly recommend considering renting your textbooks from barnes and noble. They have the best rates that I have found in 3 years and they pay for the return shipping. Your books can essentially be cost free if when folks ask what you want for a holiday gift, tell them you want a gift card to barnes and noble. You can use it online to order your rental textbooks. There are thousands of scholarships available, but many of them do not offer scholarships to online students so if you live close enough to attend classes at an actual campus, you will increase your potential to receive scholarships, you just have to apply. Be careful to look at manufacturers websites for any product you can think of, for scholarships that may not be advertised. Tylenol offers great ones for students in healthcare. ASK ALOT OF QUESTIONS!!! Also don’t ever think that you aren’t good enough to receive a scholarship! The only way you wont get considered is if you don’t apply. I am in my junior year of college and its taken me 3 1/2 years to get here. But the journey is incredible, especially as a single parent. It’s an incredible feeling to see the pride your child has of you for trying to reach your educational goals.

  24. February 23rd, 2016 at 17:11 | #24

    Thank You for your consideration.

  25. February 23rd, 2016 at 17:08 | #25

    My name is Ursula Coleman and i’m a 47 year old grandmother raising my 8 year old grandson whom i have had to fight for since birth. I have since adopted him after a long 3 year battle and he’s doing great. Nevertheless it’s been 16 years since I’ve worked due to getting injured on the job. I’m currently receiving social security which just simply pays the bills. While raising my grandson is awesome that’s been my life raising kids as all mine are grown i feel it’s time for me to concentrate on me. I’ve taken up baking and would love,love,love to go back to school to become a professional baker and open my own business work for myself. I really want to prove to myself that i was put here to do more than raise kids. I’m so sure that i would benefit from going back to school for baking, because I’ve won the sweet potato contest for the National Council For Negro Women 3 years in a row so i’m confident that i can become a great baker with some help, guidance, and a little financial help.

  26. Sandra Gomez
    January 21st, 2016 at 17:54 | #26

    I’m a professional Respiratory Therapist
    But I haven’t worked in that area for more than 15 years
    I’m currently cleaning houses in order to make some money and be able to be there for my kids
    Needless to say I have no money to pay for college but will love to find something better for my life…
    Can someone guide me please?

  27. Brittany Cox
    October 22nd, 2015 at 19:18 | #27

    I am not for sure how this works but I am in school and would like to try to get some kind of help I am holding great grade but my little girl in in icu so any help would help.

  28. September 13th, 2015 at 20:59 | #28

    I am a married 37 years old working mother full and part time. I have decided to go to college to get a degree in the healthcare administration. I am currently enrolled with CTU Colorado Technical University online program to start with my associates degree. Since I am married and our combined income is 6,000 to much to qualify for FASFAH. I am now getting federal student loans. However I don’t get enough to cover all of my tuition and I don’t have the credit score or a co-signer to get a private student loan. I am trying my best to make ends meet. I have been applying for any and all scholarships and grants that are available but no luck on receiving anything yet. Could you please help in any way

  29. Rebecca Schneider
    June 4th, 2015 at 04:49 | #29

    Hello, I am a stay at home mom and have been going back to college after a time lapse of having my children. I am twenty five and am married with two kids. I just started the Occupational Therapy Assistant Program and I am so elated that I can help provide for my family in the future. Today as I sat down with my financial aid advisor and she told me my financial aid was cut over half I started to cry knowing I can’t afford the extra payments. My student loans were all maxed and we have no other means of money. I have worked so hard this far that I am scared my husband and I would be poor from the huge payment a month. We won’t be able to afford to put food on the table. I am at my last plee, Because pretty soon a decision has to be made to whether or not continue or forfeit; we simply can’t afford it. My dream has always been how my children’s future would be bright and I don’t want to let their opportunities fall because my husband and I live paycheck to paycheck. I still am paying medical bills from my oldest son who has asthma, it’s just all too much. Please I beg of you to help me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    April 7th, 2015 at 16:00 | #30

    Good Afternoon, I would like some information regarding the Obama scholarship. I am trying to continue my studies in event organising and decoration online. My name is Grace and am from Ghnana. I am unemployed and would like to take advantage of the free time and to remove the identified barriers to employment. I am a mother of one child I have a dream of staring my own business after my education God willing. AM I ELIGIBLE? If yes what procedure should i go through. Bless u

  31. cheryl pow
    January 17th, 2015 at 12:07 | #31

    it is difficult to be a mother and to not to have enough money to complete a college especially and to take care of our family. so therefore by the by the government giving support such as scholarships this help tremendously.

  32. Connie
    November 6th, 2014 at 18:30 | #32

    I will like to get some more information about how to apply. I am a mother of two lovely children ages 8 and 2, I work full but my income is not enough to support my family. I did graduate with a B.A in psychology and some credit Nursing. I will like to complete my nursing degree but I have exhausted all my financial aid and I reall need help. I am also the first child out of my family to be achieving such a goal.

  33. Marzia Sattari
    September 26th, 2014 at 19:21 | #33

    I am a student in Smu in 3th year of economic. I need money for my tuition urgently

  34. Chasity
    June 16th, 2014 at 19:08 | #34

    I need to know how to apply for the Back to school grants for single moms. could email me some instructions on high to apply

  35. Donato Avolio
    June 11th, 2014 at 00:43 | #35

    Want to go back to school, but I would like to go for heating and air conditioning I just have no money, to do so I cry my self to sleep every night, I live on my own

  36. Kristen
    May 26th, 2014 at 11:27 | #36

    This is sad, look at how people bash each other….. Over what?
    Their hope to return to school to have a better life? This is why our world is as cruel and corrupted today, people like you.
    It’s quite sad. No, it’s really sad.

    Just so we are all clear too, yes it is the pell grant.
    The difference is that now single parents, not just moms,
    Will receive a little bit more in the grant to help them out.
    So yes it was something already made, but he did bring it back and he did add a little reform to it.

    Besides that really the only thing you have better to do is sit on some website mad that other people want to take advantage of a better life for their children/themselves?
    Remember God doesn’t like ugly.
    So the uglier you want to be inside,
    The more Karma coming your way.

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