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Obama’s ‘Moms Return to School’ Government Grant Scholarship

Updated: January 8, 2017

Are you aware that the Obama administration is committed to assisting single moms to return to school? So many moms are simply not aware that the Obama’s ‘Moms Return to School’ Government Grant Scholarship is available to them however you should find out all you can about this opportunity as there are many benefits for you!

Even though the economy is not so great at the moment, it is looking up and the worst is behind us. It is a great time for moms to consider college or university study. You will be in great demand as you’ll have the skills and qualifications needed for a capable workforce: something that employers will be looking for.

You will be in the best possible position to get the job that YOU have always wanted! And the best part is that scholarships don’t have to be paid back, unlike student loans.

Here are some facts about the federal government scholarship and grants available to moms and all women:

Federal Pell Grant

Obama has raised the amount of the Federal Pell Grant up to $5100 instead of $4050. He may even raise it more soon. So if you are a single mom, working mom or stay at home mom then this is simply one of the best ways to have your college education paid for.

How to Apply

You can apply for the scholarship by selecting a college or university which is holding the course or program that you wish to study. You simply then fill out the deferral FAFSA form and submit it.

Studying Moms get Tax Benefits

If you are a mother who is studying at college or university then you can take advantage of the excellent American Opportunity Tax Credit program which lets you get your first $4000 of higher education absolutely free. This coupled with your scholarship means that you really aren’t spending any money at all!

Online Study and Scholarships

You can apply for Obama’s ‘Moms Return to School’ Government Grant Scholarship program if you wish to study via online education. This is often the best choice for moms who can’t or don’t want to leave the family at home in order to go and study at a campus.

So give it a go and see if you qualify for Obama’s moms scholarships and grants.

At the same time, you can apply for other mom scholarships as these are perfectly suited for your situation as a busy mom who needs financial assistance for study. All I can say is – go for it!

  1. Jamie
    January 17th, 2015 at 17:22 | #1

    I would like more info on this grant.

  2. January 10th, 2015 at 06:09 | #2

    My name is Lorraine and I am the founder of a nonprofit that helps students and parents to find college aid called Scholarship Sharing. We are a small student and volunteer run organization based in Richmond, Virginia. We host webinars, annual Scholarship Fairs, award scholarships ourselves, and have an awesome scholarship database. If you want to learn more about our programs you can visit

    Everything we do is completely free because we are a student operated, and host all of our programs from donation from the community. We are dedicated to helping others getting connected to college aid. I personally started the foundation because I graduated debt free from my undergraduate and post baccalaureate degree programs. With so many people posting on this forum I figured this might be a great starting point for you 🙂 Hope you like our website!

  3. Michelle
    January 3rd, 2015 at 15:55 | #3

    I am a stay at home mom, 32, married we have 5 children. Our oldest son has severe autism. He isn’t capable of handling a normal school setting. Luckily we have a neighbor that has agreed to babysit him while I attend classes. I am going into my freshman second semester my GPA is a 3.6. I am really interested in finding out more about this it would help a lot

  4. ashley
    December 29th, 2014 at 15:53 | #4

    i am a 23 yr old married mother of 1 and I work over 40 hours a week trying to keep everything in order along with my husband. i really want to return to school part time and online where i can take classes on my own time…

  5. Maryellen Martinez
    December 24th, 2014 at 11:15 | #5

    Looking for a better future for myself and children, would like more info please

  6. Cheryl harrison
    December 16th, 2014 at 03:37 | #6

    I am a single mother age 26 with a daughter that is 5years old. I have finally decided to go back to college in January now that I have put my sick mother to rest. I work part time and I’m very determined to further my education in physical therapy so that I can properly provide a comfortable life for my daughter and younger sister.

  7. Jeanine Jacobus
    October 22nd, 2014 at 19:06 | #7

    I am a 32 year old mother of 3 girls and would want to study dance ministry in Dallas online. May I apply for this bursary from South Africa?

  8. sereana tubunavakadua
    September 15th, 2014 at 22:47 | #8

    Bula, I am a fijian mum with four children. could you please get me more information on the Obama Scholarship and also if i qualify for the scholarship. thanks

  9. Cynthia Bye
    September 14th, 2014 at 06:28 | #9

    I am a stay hpme mom with a 16 yr old and 3 yr old.i grew up in the foster care system and was unable to complete school.its never to late and i have a long way to go for my children. I over came homeleness and many other obsticels. I know i want to be successfull in my education. Money has always seem to keep me from being able to go to school

  10. araceli rivera
    June 23rd, 2014 at 13:55 | #10

    I would like information on the online study and scholarship.

  11. Amanda Tadlock
    March 16th, 2014 at 20:59 | #11

    Could I please get more information on the Obama’s Single Mothers Scholarship?

    Thank you

  12. John Brewster
    December 26th, 2013 at 16:46 | #12

    Hi, I am trying to find out if my wife is eligible for any kind of grant or student loan to return to school. She is 52 yrs old, and the mother of our two boys, ages 19 and 21, both attending college. She has been a real estate appraiser for appr 15 to 20 yrs, but since the law has changed recently, she is no longer able to practice any more because she has to be certified now, which means she has to take approx. 7 or 8 college classes, so we obviously can’t afford that now, with her working at a retail store instead. Is there any program that could help pay for these classes out there right now? Any info would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank You
    John B.

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  14. October 9th, 2013 at 01:51 | #14

    You are correct of course, the “Obama scholarship” is simply a term that many people have used in regards to Federal financial aid. This site is all about leading them to the correct resources in order to find that aid. Thank you for your comment!

  15. Obama
    October 8th, 2013 at 13:55 | #15

    There is no “Obama Scholarship” for mothers. Maybe you saw/heard some ad mentioning financial aid for higher eduction for mothers. That was just a come-on to some web page that probably does not offer any useful information.

    There is Federal financial aid for which all current & potential college/university students can apply & be evaluated if they are in a low enough economic bracket to qualify – the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid – ) If you are now a college/univ. student, or if you are planning on enrolling at a college/univ. this next Fall (2012), or are considering applying to & enrolling at a college/univ. this Fall & need more help with & info about the FAFSA (which is just an application), I recommend you pick up the phone, call the Financial Aid Office of the school you are attending/want to attend & learn more about the FAFSA from a school financial aid adviser.

    There are some good sources for searching for scholarships ear-marked just for women who may also be mothers.

    I think is the best, most reliable scholarship database is Scholarship Search, offered by the well-respected College Board:
    Click on the Start button.
    If you choose to register (free – registration is not required to use Scholarship Search) so you may return later & modify your search strategy, feel secure that you will not receive spam emails. Don’t select too many defining terms in your search strategy, which may result in a poor scholarship search result.

    Many other scholarship search web sites are mostly for contests and require registration to use, resulting in a lot of spam email being sent to those who register. I don’t recommend them.

    If you are a single parent, this article (2 web pages) lists some scholarships by state for single parents:

    Many colleges/universities* have scholarship/grant funds (funds that do not need to be repaid) for just their own students. Some may be just for women (mothers or not.) You can call the Fin. Aid Office of the school(s) you wish to attend & ask about scholarships or look for info about them on the schools’ Financial Aid web pages.

    *By colleges/universities I mean: local taxing district funded community colleges, state government funded colleges & universities, and private & independent non-profit colleges/universities (not to be confused with for-profit/career/proprietary colleges, which first and foremost are businesses with the main focus of earning profits for their shareholders.)

    Please be aware that if you are looking for scholarship money to help fund your college/univ. costs for the 2012-2013 school year, starting Fall 2012, the application deadlines for many scholarships have passed or are coming up very soon. You may have to start thinking about applying for scholarship consideration for the 2013-2014 school year.

    Many other students will be applying for the same scholarships & only a few or maybe just 1 will be awarded. Please do not pin all your hopes of higher education financing on being awarded enough scholarship/grant funds to cover all your college expenses. Most students of any age, parents or not, need to have some funds they have saved to apply to college/univ. expenses & need to take out loans (Federally funded student loans – not private student loans.).

    Unsolicited advice
    If the school you are attending/want to attend is a for-profit/career/proprietary college/univ. (one that advertises a lot on daytime & late night TV & on the Internet – some advertise about online-only courses/taking classes at home via your computer while wearing PJs), then please be very cautious & research the school very carefully. Some for profit schools are fine; some are not. A reference librarian at your local public library can help you find good evaluations of any college/univ. Go to your public library & talk with a librarian.

    When you go to the public library to research the school/s that interest you, ask a librarian to help you find these books to check out & look thru:
    Title: The Ultimate Scholarship Book 2012: Billions of Dollars in Scholarships, Grants and Prizes (4th edition)
    Authors: Gen Tanabe, Kelly Tanabe
    Publisher: Supercollege, Llc;, 2011

    Title: Peterson’s how to get money for college: financing your future beyond federal aid, 2011
    Publisher: Lawrenceville, N.J. : Peterson’s, 2010
    This is updated and published annually.

  16. Dawn S
    August 12th, 2013 at 23:08 | #16

    Going back to school? READ directions. To apply for this, read the directions under HOW TO APPLY. Seriously.

  17. VanTreece
    July 16th, 2013 at 21:04 | #17

    I’m interested in the Obama’s moms return to school program.

  18. Robyn m
    January 25th, 2013 at 18:31 | #18

    Hi!! I’ve really been trying to get back n school but my financial aid is at a default .i wanted to know is their any help for me.i would love to start school next semester. However I am a Single parent of three looking for help immediately .i have paid serval times an my bill keep going up I need help or one one to talk to about it please an thank yo.please contact asap

  19. Linda Castro
    January 20th, 2013 at 14:20 | #19

    Thank you Tara for that info..was not sure if I needed to be enrolled first! Very helpful

  20. Linda Castro
    January 20th, 2013 at 14:16 | #20

    Please send me info regarding this program! I am 42 and have an 8 year old daughter. I was a sales rep for 5 yrs at verizon and got laid off. I have almost enough credits for my AA and wish to go to nursing school for my RN liscense. But, cant afford to return to school! Please Email me info

    Email listed above. Thank you so very much

  21. kay
    January 17th, 2013 at 16:13 | #21

    hello my name is kay im a 24 year old mother of three toddlers they are 4,2 and 1.when i found out i was pregnant with my first i was in my first year of college i was devastated then because i had such a rough pregnancy my doctor labeled me as high risk and put me on bedrest for the majority of my pregnancy.doin the work from home gt really hard eventually i suffered from deep depression and ended up just stoppin its 6 years later an i cant get in anywhere because of upaid loans i havent had a stable good paying job since and its hard to just to get through each day money wise with three kids an single what do i need to do is there anything i can do

  22. Marilyn Tomlinson
    November 17th, 2012 at 10:12 | #22

    Marilyn Tomlinson :
    I am attending online school. My husband and I were laid off in 2009, he has not been able to find a full time job
    I presently attend University of Phoenix on line. We have a 14 year old daughter and it is very hard for us to pay tuition for me. I took out student loans but this does not cover my tuition fully we have to pay out of pocket. We are desperate for some help. This degree will help my family, because it will help me get a better paying job. We both tried to go back to school, but could no afford it so I am continuing. I need whatever help I can get please tell me how to apply.

  23. Marilyn Tomlinson
    November 17th, 2012 at 10:06 | #23

    I am attending online school. My husband and I were laid off in 2009, he has not been able to find a full time job
    I presently attend University of Phoenix on line. We have a 14 year old daughter and it is very hard for us to pay tuition for me. I took out student loans but this does cover my tuition fully we are desperate. This degree will help my family, because it will help me get a better paying job. We both tried to go back to school, but could no afford it so I am continuing. I need whatever help I can get please tell me how to apply.

  24. lisa
    October 29th, 2012 at 05:41 | #24

    I am a current student as of 2012 and need help financially to survive and keep my home for my eight year old daughter

  25. Diana Weber
    September 13th, 2012 at 17:12 | #25

    I would like more information on the grant $ for stay at home moms returning to college.

  26. tara
    September 8th, 2012 at 05:08 | #26


  27. Herendida Hernandez
    September 7th, 2012 at 17:21 | #27

    How can I apply for a scholarship to attend school I’m a mother of 3 kids I need to go to school to give them a better life.

  28. Chante Davis
    August 28th, 2012 at 14:50 | #28

    I am wondering why students can not apply and recieve students loans unless you qualify for FASA? Student loan i thought was for people who didn’t/couldnt get FASA?

  29. Valine Boyd
    August 12th, 2012 at 23:21 | #29

    Im a single mother of a 1 yr old little girl looking to go back to school in 1-3 months. I would love to go for basic x-ray tech already found the school and everything just need the funds to do it. Please help!

  30. Angela Truitt
    August 8th, 2012 at 17:34 | #30

    I am a 40 year old woman, birthed 4 girls ages now their ages are 24, 20, I lost my daughter Letedra April of 2010 and she would be 18 right now at the time of her death she was 16. I have a 7 year old daughter, and it has been very difficult for me most of my life. I have made mistakes in my life and resulted in me getting into trouble. I have learned to let my past be my past and move forward. I am doing very well, but I am enrolled at Strayer and I need a little help with my education and my daughter. My 7 year olds’ father receives SSI, and he does not help me with her but I am seeking work and I am plannig on receiving my degree, I just need a little help to get back and forth to school and child care for my daughter.

  31. Felese
    July 31st, 2012 at 04:36 | #31

    I would like for information about the scholarship. I am single mom of two.

  32. Sandra
    July 12th, 2012 at 01:25 | #32

    Do anyone have the application website for single mother scholarships/grants?

  33. Sandra
    July 12th, 2012 at 01:21 | #33

    Can anyone send me some information on the single mother scholarship? I am in the need of assistance for school.


  34. samantha
    June 21st, 2012 at 20:59 | #34

    Hi I’m a stay @ home mother of 5 and I am very interested in the mom scholarship programs.everytime I enroll @ campus I do abougt 3 months there but always have to stop because of family situations and I’m really not trying to give up so I need all the help and advice I can get…thanks in advance and I’m looking forward to hearing from u:-)

  35. Barbara Brower
    June 8th, 2012 at 13:32 | #35

    I have been to college before but never finish. I have one son but is raising three nieces and nephew. I dont have the money to pay for school and i would love to go back to school to earned a degree. Could you tell me if there is any other scholarship availble to me.

  36. Cecelia
    May 22nd, 2012 at 05:23 | #36

    I am a single middle aged mom , I have been a the struggle and pressing forward now to take care of me for me , I have struggled with my education since high school and ended up dropping out and had no guidance ,and now I have just completed my GED and need peace of mind , my life was also put on hold to raise my girls as a single mom , I need all the help and guidance available

  37. rosa v
    May 16th, 2012 at 17:45 | #37

    im a young mother of 2 im only 22 lol ive enrolled in heald college and i need scholarships to help me pay 4 college what can i do besideds fafsa?

  38. LaToyia McCurdy
    April 21st, 2012 at 17:59 | #38

    I am a stay at home mom and mother of three small children, currently enrolled in one course this semester. The classes are too expensive and I don’t know if I will be able to afford school for the the next semesters. I don’t know if I am still eligible for the FAFSA. Please send me some information on this as soon as possible. Also, any grants for pre-medical students would definitely be beneficial as well. Thank you!

  39. April 17th, 2012 at 14:03 | #39

    This scholarship program is very helpful for mother who are interested in continuing their education.

  40. Stephanie Elias
    February 15th, 2012 at 01:25 | #40

    I’m a stay at home mother I’m in a middle of a divorce and I want to go back to school.

  41. Ivory V. Talps
    January 16th, 2012 at 19:21 | #41

    I am single mother of two sons and I was in school for nursing at Miller-Motte Technical College and I was during great for a while. then in 2008 I lost a family member who was like a mother to me and she was my Godmother also.I could not focus and my grades went down and they put me out school unless I can come up with $350.00. I couldn’t come up that kind of cash. So I left.I was taking Medical Assistant Classes and I think I have 43 credit. 2010 was the last school year I attend.

  42. Taffin
    December 6th, 2011 at 19:45 | #42

    Hi I am a single male . I like to change major job . I want to
    go back to school .are there any goverment grant for single
    man ?

  43. carol
    September 18th, 2011 at 13:01 | #43

    I am in the process of applying for college. I am 1/2 way through the process. I need more info on these programs and scholorships to help me reach my goals

  44. moana
    August 15th, 2011 at 22:45 | #44

    I am interested in finding a scholarship so i could go back to school .I am only a visitor here but i am from one of the pacific islands .It’s my dream living with me now is going back to school for education and this is the only chance of getting to better level . I have my talent as a creator of nice & beautiful things so what i’m doing back at the island is designing fashion based on tradition & culture of the island .I am looking if you provide scholarship internatioally .This would help a lot not only with me but talented people in our environment.. Looking forward to hear from you …

  45. Verona Bryant
    August 8th, 2011 at 14:21 | #45

    Hello, my name is Veronica Bryan. I am a single mother of three. I too am trying to go back to scholl, so my children and i will have a better life. This oppurtunity will bless us greatly. I look forward to continuing my education, and opening new doors for my children and i. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you

    Verona Bryant

    July 14th, 2011 at 04:49 | #46

    I am am single mother and am currently attending college online. I would like more information on how to apply for the single mothers scholarship.

  47. silvia blackledge
    June 3rd, 2011 at 04:02 | #47

    My name is Silvia I am a single mom of a seven years old boy. I am trying to go back to school, so my son and i can have a better future. I am also work part time at after school program. As a single mom is been difficult for me to school and provide at the same time the needs for my son and I. This scholarship will be a big help me to finish my school and get a better job.I am looking for hearing from you.

    Silvia Blackledge

  48. Michelle McMichael
    March 13th, 2011 at 01:24 | #48

    How can I find out if I qualify for this grant scholarship, and what do I need to do?

  49. Eboni Ellis
    January 23rd, 2011 at 17:02 | #49

    If at all possible, will you send me more information on the “Obama’s Single Mothers Scholarship?

    Thanking you in advance,

    Eboni R. Ellis

  50. pamela
    January 10th, 2011 at 15:30 | #50

    Hello, I’m a single mom and was going to college but had to stop because I was taken out of work for disability. Now I’m not able to get help to finish up two semesters!! How can I get help to get my degree?

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