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Moms: Go Back to College with a Scholarship

Updated: August 29, 2016

If you are a mom who has been dedicated to staying home with your kids to be there with them as they grow, you are not alone! And you should be proud of your commitment to your children.

But that does not mean you should give up on ever going back to college and getting your career on track. Mothers will however find it tough financially to take this step, but a scholarship for stay at home moms provides the money you need to go back to school.

Why would a mom want to go back to school?

There are several reasons:

1. Gain Skills
It may have been a while since you worked full time and times do change. You can update your skills and become more employable when you do a college degree or certificate.

The skills you learn in college will let you get a good paying job that will help you provide for your family. It will also be highly rewarding for you to finally have the chance to undertake a career that you are interested in.

2. Expand Your Mind
Perhaps you are someone who likes to keep busy and learn new things. There really is no better way to do it than by going to school. When a scholarship pays for it for you it makes it considerably easier.

3. Influence Your Children
Once your children start seeing your desire to learn and better yourself they too will be inspired to do the same in the lives. It doesn’t matter how young they are, good impressions last!

Kids who have parents who do not work or work in unsatisfying careers are much more likely to follow the same path and ultimately, end up unhappy and frustrated. It is up to you as a mother to show your kids the right way to follow their dream!

4. More Money
A degree or other qualification will put you in a great position to get a high paying job. Many fields of work require specific qualifications before becoming employed and in some cases you are destined to be on a low wage forever. This is obviously not ideal if you are trying to raise a family and work at the same time!

When you have a degree you are much more likely to go straight into a job that pays well, rather than having to start at the very bottom of the ladder. It doesn’t matter what field of work you are going after, going to college puts you in a more favorable light with any potential employer.

Money Matters

Without a doubt money is the main thing that keeps moms away from college. Tuition fees alone can cost a fortune, let alone textbooks, travel and other related expenses. The only viable way for many mothers is to find a suitable scholarship.

Unfortunately most scholarships will not be open to moms as they often see you as not being committed enough to complete the degree and then get a job. The only scholarships that you might have a chance at receiving are those that are specifically aimed at moms or parents. These grants will give you the cash you need to embark on the course you’ve always dreamed of.

When you have a scholarship it can be used to pay for your tuition fees. These can be up to $10,000 or even more and often a good grant will actually cover your entire fees. This means all you have to pay for is a few text books every once in a while.

Studying Online

If you choose to study via distance learning on the internet you don’t even have to travel to college. It results in being able to spend more time with your kids, and studying at times that suit you. Even at 2am!

More and more people are taking up online degrees and education and with good reason: the qualifications are nationally recognized (sometimes internationally) and the flexibility simply can not be matched by any other method of learning.

Most large colleges and universities now offer distance education in most areas of study. It is worth asking your preferred college about these options and remember that you are not limited to campuses in your city or state – you can look all around the country for the course you are interested in if you are studying via distance!

Studying is such a rewarding experience. I can highly recommend it, and this is coming from a mother who finally decided to go back to school whilst also looking after my kids. There truly is no better feeling when you receive good marks and can see a bright future for yourself and your family.

Scholarships for mothers will take the financial stress away from attending college. Your kids will be looked after as you are not put out of pocket, and you can concentrate on your studies without worrying about having no cash to continue providing for yourself and your family.

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  1. Cassandra
    April 12th, 2016 at 00:18 | #1

    Please send me more information about this scholarship. Where can i apply at?

  2. lauren
    June 17th, 2015 at 14:02 | #2

    can i please get more info about the scholarship?

  3. nicole
    March 17th, 2015 at 03:07 | #3

    my name is Nicole I was recently accepted into UMA for a 10 month course on medical billing and coding. I have two children and this is an online school and it seems perfect for me even after I graduate I will be able to work from home but I do not have the money or the family support that I need to pursue schooling. is there any kind of help that I can get? I am NOT looking for completely free schooling I do realize I will have to pay something back but I need some kind of grant for single mothers or low-income mothersand I would also need help getting a computer. all the websites that I have checked are referring me to different schools but I am very interested in UMA and since I was already accepted I would like to stick to it. my online classes would start April 6th if I cannot attend this school because of financial difficulties I will be very devastated I need this for me and my children so we can have some stability in our lives and I would like to be a good role model for my children.

  4. Renee Kulp
    November 13th, 2014 at 20:31 | #4

    Please send more information on this grant/scholarship. Where could I apply at?

  5. Lisa Kong
    September 18th, 2014 at 14:55 | #5

    Hi, I am 2 kids, 16 & 4 years old. I currently work part time, and need assistance to pay my tuition. Can you tell me how I can apply for a scholarship?

  6. Tanya
    September 4th, 2014 at 19:49 | #6

    Hi I’m a mother of 4 and would love to receive more information on what I can do to further my education from home. Thank you for your time.

    Tanya C.

  7. Devotha
    August 27th, 2014 at 19:52 | #7

    I am a mother of 10 month baby currently i enrolled for Masters degree ,am not working.
    Please send me information on applying for scholarships. Thanks!

  8. silvia sanchez
    August 16th, 2014 at 21:12 | #8

    please send me more information on how to get a scholarship. I have a 3 year old, that was born a micro preemie. Been out of school since 2011, and just enrolled in Berkeley college nyc. Currently have 104 credits.

  9. Acasia White
    July 25th, 2014 at 22:17 | #9

    Please send me information on this grant. Where do you apply for it at?

  10. Rachael lindlbauer
    June 4th, 2014 at 18:57 | #10

    Single mom looking to go back to school to better myself and my future for my kids can afford to pay to go to school and I’m need some assistance I’m getting some education

  11. Kristina
    May 28th, 2014 at 18:11 | #11

    I would like some information on how to get a scholarship. I am a single mother of 2 just lost my job and need help to get a better future for my children… I could really use all the help I can get. I struggle daily and would like to provide a better future for my beautiful children as well as myself…

  12. Hnerietta Pridgen
    January 11th, 2014 at 14:52 | #12,
    I currently have 118 hrs toward a Bachelors Degree and would like to finish that degree to be able to move on with a career. My two children are still in college at this time and money for finishing my education is virtually non-existent. A scholarship would help toward completing that goal at 53 years old. I would appreciate any information about scholarships to start school again. My College does have a week-end college and night classes available.
    Thank You

  13. Shauna
    December 12th, 2013 at 14:58 | #13

    Please send me information on applying for scholarships. Thanks!

  14. erika coleman
    October 22nd, 2013 at 18:21 | #14

    please notify me of any upcoming or current grants, loans, or scholarships I am now in the process of going back to school and in need of financial support..i am a mother of 2 with a child on the way and want to start my career now while I am still young and with so many opportunities that unheard of..someone please notify me thanks!

  15. Bonnie Conner
    October 4th, 2013 at 23:32 | #15

    I would like more information on applying for the Obama scholarships for moms. I have raised 3 children and two step children while my husband was in the Navy. When he retired, we adopted a sibling group of 5, now 14,13,12,11, and 9. My husband died almost 2 years ago, leaving us with just social security. I have a bachelor’s degree, but haven’t worked in the 11 years since we adopted the children. I need to continue my education, so when the children leave home, I can work, assuming someone will hire a retired mom of 10.

  16. Ida M. Lopez
    August 9th, 2013 at 18:27 | #16

    Is this applicable to Grandmother’s as well? Do we have to custody of our grandchildren?

  17. Lisha Hill
    August 1st, 2013 at 03:46 | #17

    I would like more information on scholarships for college.

  18. Lisa Lawrence
    May 3rd, 2013 at 13:17 | #18

    I would like more information about how I may obtain a scholarship for college. I’ve been a stay-at-home Mom for 21 years and I have four children. My youngest is ten years old. Due to an unexpected illness, my husband is disabled and won’t be able to work much longer. For our family survival, I’ve decided to go back to school to earn an Associates degree, but can’t afford the cost of classes – not to mention all the added costs of gas, food, lab fees, etc.. A scholarship would greatly help to make school possible for us.

  19. Carmen Trail
    April 19th, 2013 at 18:06 | #19

    I’m a married mother of 2 but we don’t make much. I’m about to lose my job for a year and looking for a new job. I have been accepted to ultimate medical academy online and was wondering if I could get a scholarship or grant.

  20. kristina saffle
    April 15th, 2013 at 17:14 | #20

    Hello my name is Kristina and i am a single mother of two children 13 and 9. I have returned to college to furture my education because i have worked in the Health field as a stna for the elder and rehabilitation of all types of surgrey for 15 years now I love it and would like to be a RN so i can do even more.It also does not pay very well and my children are already talking about attaining college so to be able to make a little more money doing what i love would help both me and my children occomplish our dreams. Also now that i have been in college i have had to drop from working full-time and we are struggling to stay a float so any little help would so be appreicated.

  21. Janice s
    March 31st, 2013 at 23:56 | #21

    I can relate to many of all the comments, being in my forties now with two teen daughters pursing college and now its my turn go get an a degree and join in my dreams to have a good job. I did a great job at being mom, wife, employee, now I need to push forward and let my daughters see its never to late to start over. At anytime,just do what you can and puull yourself up and be the best person and put God firsg he will see you through

  22. Tiffany Lewis
    March 8th, 2013 at 05:23 | #22

    need info on this asap

  23. Jennifer Miller
    March 4th, 2013 at 18:43 | #23

    My name is Jennifer Miller. I have six beautiful children, 4 boys 2 girls. Everything I do is for my children. I have recently started attending college but am unable to keep going due to lack of funding. I am trying very hard and no matter what I do I just cant seem to make ends meet. I have been out of work for over a year now but have always been activly looking without success. I have no one here for me. I am doing it by myself. I was just awarded the directors award at school for my grade point average of 4.0. I really would love to finish my schooling and become a medical assistant. Please help me. I have no other way.

  24. Tommie Lynette Roe
    February 10th, 2013 at 15:00 | #24

    I only completed the 8th grade in 1994, I was married, and had a baby at the age of sixteen. Finishing high school did not seem important to me back then, and really hasn’t been bothersome to me that I did not graduate. But now my oldest son is a junior and about to graduate next year. When I was ordering his class ring a few months ago, it dawned on me that he was going to get something that I didn’t but could have and should have, so I took the GED test on Jan.29,2013 and I PASSED!I am so proud of myself it’s been nearly 20 years since I was in school, and I want to go to college but can’t afford it. I am married with four boys. PLEASE HELP!

    January 29th, 2013 at 21:22 | #25


  26. Lisette Pena
    January 19th, 2013 at 05:01 | #26

    I would like information on scholarships and grants. I am a mother of two toddlers ages 2.5 and 2. I ‘m currently working on my Master but was dropped from my classes because financial difficulties. I would like to finish my 5 courses. Please send me information…thank you.

  27. Lisa Smith
    January 10th, 2013 at 19:51 | #27

    Please send me information on the scholarships and grants. I am a mother to 3 wonderful boys and was recently laid off. I am half way thru my college education but can not afford to go back.

  28. Jennifer Coile
    January 9th, 2013 at 04:00 | #28

    I am a mother of three and am very close to getting to transfer from s jc to a private university. All info or help is greatly appreciated!

  29. Vicki Hale
    January 7th, 2013 at 15:44 | #29

    Hello, I am a newly returning online student and mother in search of scholarship information to help with financial costs to return to school.

  30. Kristen Turner
    January 3rd, 2013 at 06:01 | #30

    I would like to receive some information on scholarships for moms. I’m currently in nursing school, but may have to drop out for a bit due to financial reasons. Thanks!

  31. Mila Erickson
    September 10th, 2012 at 23:28 | #31

    Where do I get info on applying for the scholarship for moms going back to school?

  32. Wendy Tavares
    September 7th, 2012 at 18:06 | #32

    Please send me grant and scholarship information. Five classes into a MSE had to drop out for financial reasons. Student loans and expenses piled up. Would like to get back to school now that my son is older but can’t tackle more loans right now. Thanks!

  33. Teresa Thomas
    September 4th, 2012 at 20:43 | #33

    Please send me info. How I can get a grant to go back to school I’m a mother of 5 and my husband does his best
    But I do need to go to work we need help thank you for your time.
    Teresa Thomas

  34. Courtney
    July 16th, 2012 at 20:22 | #34

    My name is Courtney and i am a stay at home mom of three amazing children and a full time college student majoring in childhood education. I really need help because i am finding that my student loans are racking up and i am afraid of what i might find when i graduate. I could really use help in staying in school without putting myself and my family too far in debt. any help would be greatly appreciated.

  35. Brittany Gibson
    May 16th, 2012 at 01:56 | #35

    My name is Brittany & i am looking to further my education. My studies were cut short when I got pregnant in high school, although I did graduate it isnt the ending i would have liked to had. I ended up loosing that baby and got pregnant again right after high school, so college was a NO especially since we found out we were having TWINS! I am looking to go back to my local community college for Early Childhood Education & need the money to go back so i would love to get this Grant!

  36. Kayla Gaffney
    May 8th, 2012 at 22:03 | #36

    Hello my name is Kayla I am 24 year old stay at home mom of three and unable to currently work due to the high cost of day cate I would be paying in to work. Since my eldest two children will be starting school pre k and kindergarten. I would love to go back to school! Before we had moved from our home state I had my CNA. I loved my work bit unfortunantly it expired due to troubling paper work to transfer/renew my certification. My friends and family believe I have a natural ability to help people. Due to the economy and cost to raise a family. It’s unfortunate that I do not have a dime for college. I’d love to further my education in nursing to secure my family financially and secure my children’s future. I would be greatful for any help I can get! Thank you, god bless!

  37. Antonia Zaverl
    March 18th, 2012 at 13:20 | #37

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  38. Virannaca Stacy
    January 10th, 2012 at 18:38 | #38

    My name is Virannaca, I am a stay at home mom of 2, my husband works nights at walmart. I am 34 and would very much to act on my goals as to become a psycology major but it is really hard with only 1 income. like the girl in #3 i’m in the same boat she is. I want to do online classes since i have a baby at home. any finacial help would be great. I had been wanting to do this now for several yrs. now. so any help will do, thank you.

  39. nicole
    January 4th, 2012 at 18:35 | #39

    My name is Nicole, I am a single mom with three kids. I would really like return to school to persue my dreams as an RN, but unable to do so because of my financial situation…i would really appreciate any help you can give me.
    Thanking you in advance

  40. Nicole
    October 1st, 2011 at 19:05 | #40

    My name is Nicole, I am a single mom with two kids. I would really like return to school to persue my dreams as an RN, but unable to do so because of my financial situation…i would really appreciate any help you can give me.
    Thanking you in advance

  41. Christina Dawson
    October 1st, 2011 at 06:05 | #41

    My name is Christina. I have been married for 11 years and have four children, ages 9, 7, 4 and 2. My husband is a master electrician. He has always dreamed of owning his own business but doesn’t have the schooling to support it. The company he works for has no work where we live and he has been working over 1,000 miles away and returning twice a month to see our family. I want to go to school and earn an MBA to make his dreams of owning a business come true but also so he can come home and work near his family again. Paying for plane tickets gets expensive and so we cannot afford for me to pursue this alone.

  42. kimberly rhodes
    September 9th, 2011 at 16:53 | #42

    My name is kim and i am 37 years old, i have been interested in college for a long time but being a single mother has become a job alone. I cannot afford this and i would like a education to be able to obtain a good paying job,so not only for me but to help my children better finacially. Can you help me with my situation and help me succeed with my career goals

  43. Heather Brain
    August 6th, 2011 at 03:16 | #43

    Hello 🙂 My name is Heather, and I have been accepted into Eastern Oregon University to finish pursuing my Psychology degree in their online program. I am a married mother of two in a very financially depressed region struggling to finish my education to provide better for my family. “Change my Stars” as my mother would say. I would be very appreciative and thankful for any and all financial help to obtain my goals. Thank You 🙂

  44. Marissa
    August 2nd, 2011 at 23:29 | #44

    My name is marissa I was going to school til I got pregnant with my daughter then it made it hard as a single mom to go back then I met my fiance I was blessed with a man that took my daughter as his own and we were blessed with a little boy now I want to go back and make my family proud of me please help me make a dream a reality thank you marissa

  45. Zaida
    May 20th, 2011 at 18:41 | #45

    My name is Zaida. I am a single divorce mom and I am seeking your help in returing back to school. I currently work for the board of education which involves working with students, parents and administrators, I enjoy my job very much, however, I would like to pursue my career in in business education to help me further my career, but unable to becuase I do not have the funds. I am asking if you can please help me pursue my career.

  46. Laytarsha Sullivan
    May 10th, 2011 at 15:55 | #46

    After graduating from Kaiserslautern High School Germany, I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do in life. After some thought I knew I wanted to be in the Medical field but what part I wasn’t sure. When I moved back to the states from overseas things did not go the way I planned so I went into the work force with the first job I got to support myself, which was banking. Then years went by and I did really great in banking but it was not my passion.
    I had to put off my career in the Medical field for my family. My husband got orders to move to Mountain Home AFB, Idaho from our home state of Georgia. So I had to quit my job in banking. While being jobless I thought now my kids are older and it is moms turn to go back to school and further my education. This is my big chance to be in a place where I can be a full time day student to concentrate on going to school and not working. Even though the drive back and forth from Mountain Home to Boise is a challenge, this is what I desire to do. I also have my husband who is a big supporter of me going back to school to further my education.
    I first started off pursuing an associate’s in Medical Specialties which is also a great program, but with the opportunity to be in the Respiratory Therapist program I can further my career and opportunities. Being a Respiratory Therapist comes along a big wide door of possibilities, with this degree I can take it with me where ever I go. I also wanted a career that is in demand and there is a need for it. Back in 2002 I saw firsthand how important a Respiratory Therapist is when I had Pneumonia and just to breathe again when my lungs were clear was like a miracle and one day I would like to be a part of helping someone else like I was helped. Becoming a Respiratory Therapist I will be helping people with breathing problems. I am excited to be a part of helping others and learning about the respiratory system.
    Laytarsha Sullivan

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