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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. Amogelang Maswabi
    May 6th, 2014 at 12:02 | #1

    Good afternoon,

    Is this opportunity extended to Africans as well? If so, how do I apply for the scholarship?

    Kind regards.

  2. Ana Rubio
    January 17th, 2014 at 18:23 | #2

    Hi my name is Ana and I’m a teenage mother of baby boy. Ive finished high school a year early to prove to everyone that having a baby so young doesnt make things impossible. I havent been to school for almost a year now. I really want return to school. I want to go to college. I want to give my son a better life. I come from a big family. so money was kind of a big issue but ever since i had my son i really dont dependen that much on my parents since my dad the only who works there are times he doesnt have a job. over the past year ive been trying to find a job but i dont have any luck. i dont know if its because im young and dont have no experience. ive applied to 10 places been to 3 interviews and still nothing. i need a job so badly because to me that the only way ill be able to start school. In my mind i have a plan. i want to get a job then find a good day care for my son and then start school but i havent had any luck. i need help. i really want to go college to give my son a better life and to prove everyone one else that i can do anything. on i want is information on how i can get started.

    Ana Rubio

  3. Leslie Cesareo
    August 11th, 2013 at 23:04 | #3

    Hi my name is Leslie. I’m a single mom of two kids, 4 yr girl and 12 yr boy. Ive been unemployment since 12/2011, was receiving unemployment and it stopped on 4/13. I have been looking for work since 2012 and haven’t been able to get employment at all!!!. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business which I got in 2004. I would like to go back to school online to become a teacher. Been to lots of interviews but not call backs, they say i’m over qualified. I need find work asap. Please help on how to find inform to get a scholarship for single moms!!!

  4. Tsehay Mengiste
    August 7th, 2013 at 20:26 | #4

    I want to apply this program pleas send me the information.

  5. Tameeka
    July 1st, 2013 at 22:44 | #5

    Hello President Obama first and foremost I think you are doing a wonderful job with what you are doing for the troops and the US citizens. I am inquiring about the pell grant because I have 3 young children whose future I need to prepare for. I am a single mother and I am a veteran who has lost everything due to my ex-husband negligence. I am very unstable and I am trying to get back on my feet for the sake of my children without the help of no one. I am looking to go to school for child psychology and criminal justice.

    Thank You and God Bless You and Your Family!

  6. Chrissy
    June 18th, 2013 at 14:53 | #6

    all he did is re-name a program that already existed. The presidents is all smoke and screens….

    May 28th, 2013 at 08:25 | #7

    Sorry… “While it’s great…”

    May 28th, 2013 at 08:22 | #8

    Yup, just the pell grant… Obama didn’t do anything special,I am a single mother of 3 and I get the same amount as a “dependent” single (no kids) 22 year old male.I get the same amount I got 10 years ago, NOT THAT I AM COMPLAINING!!! I have been searching for a loan to get through the next year and graduate since I lost my job, filling out numerous scholarship and grant applications… I got excited when I saw this, only to realize it’s nothing new, just a way for Obama to promote himself.
    Like Michelle said just go to fafsa, same thing…
    While I don’t think it is necessary to point out spelling mistakes, I somewhat get where Jessica was coming from; While I it’s great that people want to better themselves, I’m not understanding the “dear Obama” comments. I don’t understand where anyone got the idea that Obama would be contacting them from this post. Sorry, not trying to come off as mean, just irritated by this whole ‘Moms return to school’ BS!!!!!

    March 24th, 2013 at 21:13 | #9

    Hello, President Obama my Name is Latricia I’m a mother of 3 children, and a single parent. I decided to put my education on hold because I felt that taken care of my kids and making sure that they stay focus in school with great success came first. Along with trying to juggle two jobs and be at all of there activity’s with out any help from there father. I admit it was very hard but with out GOD it wouldn’t have been possible. Now that my older two kids have finish high school and in there second and third year of school I feel I’m ready to achieve my goals in Business Management. I would like to be considered for your scholarship and I also want to make my kid’s proud and tell them it dosen’t matter what how old you are you can do anything you set your mind to. JUST BELIEVE…….

  10. Michelle
    January 9th, 2013 at 04:45 | #10

    its just the pell grant? then obama didnt do anything… just go to its all in there. Man that so dumb, i thought it was totally different grant.

  11. Alisha Johnson
    December 13th, 2012 at 16:12 | #11

    Im so sick of being mediocre and want to advance in life. I am a 27 year old mom of 2 beautiful boys and a wife of an amazing husband. My dream in life is to become a doctor in dentistry and provide more for my family. Early in life I was told that I would never be able to accomplish my goals because they are too far fetched. Now that I am remarried to a man who tells me that I can do anything i put my mind to, I would like to accomplish my go and become a dentist.

  12. yolanda adams-favors
    November 23rd, 2012 at 16:05 | #12

    also i am trying for child psychology i would really love to help children before hand thank you

  13. tiffany foxx
    November 17th, 2012 at 11:51 | #13

    Hey im Tiffany a single mother of 2. President obama could U please help me with some assistance to return back to school to better my kids and i future???

  14. Lashon Davis
    November 12th, 2012 at 17:41 | #14

    To whom it may concern,
    My name is Lashon and I am trying to complete my college education.Myproblem is that I am not financially able to and, I really want to .But, as it stands I have to borraw money from the government and I cant afford to pay them back because I am unable to work.I am really hoping that you could do something to help me. All i want to do is to better myself and be a good role model for my nine children.

  15. ROXANA
    October 26th, 2012 at 03:38 | #15


  16. Nik
    October 11th, 2012 at 03:41 | #16

    Before you start criticizing others for misspelling words, you should probably run your comment through spell check. What is wrong with this sentence? “stop asking for hand-me-outs and put your damn self through school, this is why your in the position your in!”

    1. The first word is not capitalized, showing that you have begun a new sentence. The word “stop” should be “Stop”.

    2. The way you used the word “your” is a contraction and thus should be spelled “you’re” as in “you are”, not “your”.

    3. You improperly separated your last sentence with a comma instead of a period. A period ends a thought while a comma brings pause to a thought.
    Correctly rendered your sentence should look like this: “Stop asking for hand-me-outs and put your damn self through school. This is why you’re in the position you’re in!

    Often when one is seeking to embarrass others in an insensitive way, they end up embarrassing themselves. Congratulations.

  17. Ana
    September 30th, 2012 at 21:25 | #17

    Hi, I am Ana and I am interested on taking a course on line,billing and coding, but I don’t have that money to pay for it, I ned a little help, I have tree small children and my husband is trying to come to the USA. I am getting a good job after I get my certification.

  18. shea
    September 11th, 2012 at 00:45 | #18

    Jessica, you noted that the women on here are ridiculous, but I think you’re ridiculous. Asking for help is in fact a pretty smart thing to do! The day will come when you will need help and you’ll have to swallow your pride. You obviosuly think you’re smarter than the women on this post, but too bad you’re not smart enough to know that the words you hurt other people with will be the very words that come back on you and your household.

  19. Tanisha
    September 9th, 2012 at 23:11 | #19

    Dag Jessica
    I have never seen someone put someone down like you have when it comes to them trying to better themselves. Maybe they mistakenly spelled divorce wrong. Stop downing people and encourage them. That is whats wrong with this world today. People are so busy criticizing and putting people down. So sad. A scholarship is not a hand me out by the way. Food stamps & Medicaid are. When People are trying to better themselves by getting an education and receive assistance is something different.@Jessica

  20. Sue
    September 7th, 2012 at 22:19 | #20

    Dear Mr. President,

    I really hope you win again, this term, because your term brought about our being able to afford my health insurance coverage, and I would really like to be able to afford a bit more schooling, as well, so that I can advance my career.
    I’m a massage therapist, and would like to expand that into a Life Coaching practice to be able to help my husband afford to keep a roof over our heads and food on the table for ourselves and our 9yr. old son. (Making ends meet is ever an issue).
    I also very much enjoy the people in my town and would like to be able to guide them as a real Life Coach, when they ask, instead of just giving them random advice when they’re on my massage table.

  21. Shonda
    August 22nd, 2012 at 17:57 | #21

    To Jessica instead of you trying to call people out you should be happy they women are trying to do something with there life. You sound very bitter and hurt but, stop focusing on the negative and focus on the positive. That is the reasin that she she should return to school so she can expand her vocabulary, by the way thanks for helping her spell divorce.

    Be Blessed

  22. Jessica
    August 10th, 2012 at 15:00 | #22

    The women on here are ridiculous! #1 Obama will not reply back. # 2 it’s a PELL GRANT everyone gets those, just single parents get alittle extra. # 3 if you can’t spell simple words like ” divorce ” what makes you think you can handle college? #4 stop asking for hand-me-outs and put your damn self through school, this is why your in the position your in!

  23. Dequana Millbrooks
    August 8th, 2012 at 06:20 | #23

    Hi, My name is DeQuana Millbrooks, I am very interested in the Shcolarship program you have for single mothers, I am currently enrolled in school and have two children to support at home. So this scholarship would help me out greatly

  24. Anonymous Anonymous
    July 26th, 2012 at 20:38 | #24


    To all of you, the best advice to give about the Pell Grant and all other financial aid is to talk to a/your Financial Aid Advisor at the school you would like to/currently attend.

    I asked for all financial aid that I could get while attending college/university. Upon graduating college (last semester) I learned there was a book program where the school has a scholarship to help pay for books and materials. It was only $250 but that blessed $250 allowed me to get a couple of books.

    It is very important to ASK the financial aid offices and any offices they would recommend to get all help available.

    Good luck.

  25. Jenn
    July 17th, 2012 at 18:15 | #25

    Good Afternoon, I would like some information regarding the Obama scholarship.

  26. Kandace Osborne
    June 25th, 2012 at 20:07 | #26

    Hi my name Is Kandace Osborne. I am a single mom with one daughter. I work very hard to take care of my daughter and I want to go back to school. But I have one problem.. My student loans are in default and will not grant me any financial aid. I cant afford to pay them back right now.. I want sooo bad to become a nurse but can’t.. i need a grant or scholarship so that my dreams can come true.. Can u help me please! Thanks so much.

  27. Sheri Wilson
    June 24th, 2012 at 21:04 | #27

    Hi President Obama my name is Sheri Wilson. After being a single parent for years I decided on my 54th birthday that I wanted to go back to school and get my B.A. degree. I have always been interested in paralegal studies but I never was financially able to do so. Now that my children are all grown up, I would just love to do something for me. I would like to become financially able to enjoy my retirement years. Your help will be deeply appreciated.

  28. Dorothy Santos
    May 29th, 2012 at 17:23 | #28

    Hello, my name is Dorothy santos. I am a mother of two beautiful little girls and am working as a pt teller. I moved to Pennsylvania to help with the care of my grandparents and have found out that it is extremely impossible to find a ft job especially if you do not have a college degree. I have always taught my eldest how important it is to support yourself and continue your education. I NEED to go back to school so that I can acquire employment in a hospital but need to go back to school and I cannot afford it. If anyone can help me I would be greatly appreciated and may God bless!

  29. Latoya Senter
    May 7th, 2012 at 14:31 | #29

    Good morning,
    My name is Latoya Senter. I am a single mother of a 4yr old daugter who will be attending preschool this year. As a Mother who gets no Government help at all work 40 hours a week yet right now only working 32 hours. I work hard to support My daughter and I. Now I feel like its really my time to return to school to better myself for my daughter. She is my world and it gets really hard trying to do all the things you want to do to make them happy. I asking of you to please help me in my need to do greater things for my daughter and I, I could really use the money to pay for tution, books, and any other expenses. Thanks!

  30. Josette Wauddy
    February 20th, 2012 at 15:09 | #30

    My name is Josette F Wauddy. I would love to return to school. I’m a single mother who has work very hard to take care of my Daughter and to stay off welfare. I completed my AS degree in 2004. It was very hard to complete. I’ve worked very hard to live a very clean and honest life. Please help me finish my degree.

  31. Myhandisout
    January 24th, 2012 at 18:16 | #31

    This sounds too good to be true!! I love that our president has created a scholarship program for single mothers! As for the individuals needing this money for graduate school, -stop- this is for people like me who have nothing, since you already have yours, help those who dont.

    Again, Mr President thank you for sharing a program that has been around since 1965, I just didnt know a single mom could get it.

    You sir get all the credit

  32. Keturah Wright
    January 6th, 2012 at 18:36 | #32

    Hello, I was also interested in the scholarship program. I am a single mother, who is a senior at Bellevue University in Omaha, NE. I have recently found out I exahusted my pell grants and I need to finish my CIS BS program at Bellevur U, but can not afford it. I do know I will be employable if I am able to finish my degree. If there is any way I could get assistance with this, I have no problem paying it forard so I could assist others who despetly wouls also love to be able to support themselves, thier family and become self sufficient.

  33. Elizabeth Margis
    November 24th, 2011 at 01:48 | #33

    I am a mom of two. I found a schooling program I would love to go to school for but right now we are living on unemployment and I want to go back to school to finally get a career that I will enjoy. The school does not have finacial aid. Just a payment program which I still cant afford at this time. I would like to find out if obama’s moms back to school can help me with this.

  34. Keely
    November 11th, 2011 at 21:06 | #34

    how do you apply I cannot find the application anywhere! Please help!

  35. Estelle
    October 9th, 2011 at 00:34 | #35

    I would like information on how I can apply for scholarship, Im in the process of obtaining my associates degree. any other financial assistance is welcome.

  36. Shelby
    September 19th, 2011 at 18:26 | #36

    My name is Shelby. I am a teen mom still attending high school. After I graduate I plan on going to college, but it is really hard with a child. I want to go to GRCC then transfer to GVSU. I work two jobs right now and that isn’t going to cut it. I recieve no help from the government. If I got this scholarship it would help me out tremendously, so please send me details about this application.

  37. Marcella Sullivan
    August 30th, 2011 at 14:10 | #37

    Hi, My name is Marcella; I would like to learn more about the single mothers’ scholarship. I am a single mother of four children; in addition, I care for my 75 year old disabled grandmother. I dropped out of school when I was in the 8th grade in 1992 to be a mother. I returned to school a little over a year ago. I am pursuing my dream of becoming a licensed nurse Practitioner. I currently attend Columbus State Community College. I have been full time (between12-15 credit hrs per quarter) My GPA is currently at 3.6 and I have earned 50 credits. I am planning to transfer to Ohio State University, though the cost is unreasonable for the student loans that I get. I have tried to squeeze a part time job in my schedule; but, wasn’t able to keep up. This scholarship would help me tremendously. Please send me the details about the application process. Sincerely, Marcella,

  38. Rosa Wilson
    August 28th, 2011 at 04:47 | #38

    I am currently attending Grand Canyon University. It is my dream to give back to the system that once helped me. I am currently struggling with my finances due a lost of job. I will start student teaching in January 2012. This further complicates matters because the hour that I could work do not consign with the fact I have no one to help get my daughter to school on time. If I accept a job, I must make sure I have the ability to get her to school on time and I must be able to pick her up on time. When I finish school in May of 2012 I am going to be a mastered prepared Certified Special Education teacher. It is my goal to be employed in a title one school. I want to make an impact on my student by investing my time to become a professional special education teacher. I need funds to help me and my daugher who is currently in special education. When I was a special ed student, I longed to be normal. I never knew she would have the same label. Nonetheless, I want to be an example for my daughter and other people who struggle to provide a future for their families. I live in a constant learning mode. Because, never do I want to be without of a job and depended on the walfare system to survive.
    It is in my heart to become a special education teacher because I know that not only my students would benefit, but this journey will provide me with professional growth and positive change in my future as well as my daughter’s future. I don’t want to live off the system, I want to earn my degree and give back to the system one day! Thanks in advance for all your support.

  39. Linda K. Martin
    August 23rd, 2011 at 17:00 | #39

    I am a 41 year old single mother of 2 boys and am currently living in a homeless program in Vista, Ca. Any suggestions on how I would go about applying for this Grant program…? Thank you!

  40. tasha rhodes
    July 20th, 2011 at 17:16 | #40

    hi my name is natasha rhodes iam going back to school and i relly dont want to work and do school . i want to just think of school and make good grades .so please help me i think u for all you are doing for us.i have a ten year old girl and iam doing this for her . becuse i hate it when she wants something and i cant get it for her . i want her to not want eny more i want to make her life good she is my joy. iam so very sick of not geting eny where with my life and i want to get out of my daddys to . thank you so very much.

  41. Bob
    June 3rd, 2011 at 16:31 | #41

    To restrict on the basis of gender is sexist and discriminatory. There are plenty of men taking care of kids in a single parent setting that are going back to school.

  42. Stella
    May 2nd, 2011 at 01:15 | #42

    my name is Stella, mother of three children, divorced. Graduate from dental school in my country, and I would love to attend school again to validate my credentials. All I need is two years of graduate courses, but unfortunately I cannot afford it. I would like to attend Howard University. I need information for financial aid. Thanks a lot and God bless you and your family.
    Best Wishes, Stella

  43. Tanisha Vaughn
    April 7th, 2011 at 21:09 | #43

    u can find my on facebook or twitter by using my email or putting my name in.

  44. Tanisha Vaughn
    April 7th, 2011 at 21:00 | #44

    I am tanisha vaughn. I am a single mother of twins and am trying to go to school as a massage theapist @ centura college in newport news va. i am trying to better myself and be able to support my kids as well. It has been very hard for me to accomplish my goals in my life right now. I tried getting a job and i either get a interview and not get the job or not get called back. plus everytime i try to accomplish anything in my life there is always someone who trys to put me down because of my disability. Everytime that happens i decide not to do it anymore. so this time i am not taking it no more . am going to stand up tall and show everyone that i can do it. but my only issue is having the funds to do it. so i was wondering what i need to do to get a scholarship. thank u and have a nice wonderfull day. i am glad that u are our new president.

    love tanisha vaughn

  45. March 3rd, 2011 at 21:15 | #45

    Good Afternoon, I would like some information regarding the Obama scholarship. I am trying to complete my graduate degree and in doing so I am not eligible for other financial aid. I am unemployed and would like to take advantage of the free time and to remove the identified barriers to employment. I have received information regarding the AARP scholarship but it couldn’t be used for graduate studied. I have exhausted all of my ability to get financial aid after applying for financial support for my three children. Now I can’t go any further unless I get funding.

  46. Jillian Matthews
    February 24th, 2011 at 00:26 | #46

    Hi my name is Jillian I am inquiring about the mom’s go back to school scholarships I tried in 2009 to go back but the school I was attending was changing fees there was not the right amount of attention and help needed to meet my financial and educational needs, the teachers were not helpful if I asked a question it was an impersonal refer to this that never answered my questions. I want to get a degree and be able to support my family and give them the lives they deserve. Unfortunately I have yet to find a way to do that, as someone else stated above when you fill out the forms it sends you to schools you are not interested in, I am interested in a specific program Liberal Studies, specialization in Emerging Media, from which I will earn a Bachelor’s Degree at a specific school Devry University. However none of these applications bring you to this school or program I am very passionate about my writing I have been since I was a child, I love to write and have been told by my peers and teachers that I am very good at it and would like to pursue it as a career goal but cannot financially afford to how can I go about applying for this scholarship or others like it to help me to meet my financial needs and educational and career goals?

  47. February 18th, 2011 at 04:22 | #47

    Hi there, I am a single mom who is working as a teacher on call and would like to take the special education diploma so that I have more opportunities to get a full time posting, plus I enjoy working with students with disabilities. Thank you, Tina

  48. Roxanne Carter
    January 6th, 2011 at 21:09 | #48

    Hello, I would love to go back to school at this time. I have worked for General Motors for ten years, thinking that is where I would retire. Well since the plant has closed there is no other choice but school. I can not survive as a single mom with the rate of pay offered.I am now 36 years old with a high school daughter trying to start over. How do I begin the process for the grant?

    August 5th, 2010 at 18:22 | #49


  50. theresia m yem
    March 23rd, 2010 at 04:42 | #50

    Hi President Obama,I am Theresia wants to go back to school for my kids future because I am about to devorce with my husband,he can not support me and kids. please help me and my kids to have better future.thank you and God Bless you and family

    Theresia and family

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