Its not a big secret that there are many less single dads than there are single mothers. If you’re part of this minority, well consider yourself lucky. The institutions that offer grants to single mother are often overwhelmed with applications, for single dads, not so much. This gives you a huge advantage. Whatever your circumstances your current standing is a huge commodity for donors. There are few things in life that bring more joy than giving some one help in their time of need. The beauty of grants is the money doesn’t need to repaid, and it doesn’t cost anything to apply. This article will cover some tips and tricks to help you find the help you need & deserve.
Step 1 – Filling out a FAFSA
Filling out a FAFSA is the best place for single fathers looking for grants. The process is quick, easy, and painless. The best part of the FAFSA is you will get back your results within a few days. Make sure you have a recent copy of your tax return handy as you will need it to fill out part of your FAFSA application. Once completed the results of your FAFSA will be sent to your financial aid counselor at the school you are attending. They will prepare a financial aid packet for you & guide you through what you qualify for. If you are eligible for a Pell grant, it will be listed in your application. If you are unsure of anything or need assistance at any time, don’t hesitate to ask for the assistance of a Financial aid counselor at the school of your choice. They should be able to answer any questions you might have.
Step 2 – Check with your employer.
These days more and more companies are offering financial aid to their employees who make the decision to go to college. Most employers love assisting employees who choose to pursue higher education. They find it mutually beneficial, they gain an educated employee and you gain education. There is one small caveat if you plan on seeking grant assistance from an employer, most employers require that you remain with the company for a set amount of time before assistance is given. The length of time typically varies from employer to employer. If you plan on staying at the same job or company for any extended time period its worth talking to your manager or boss about. If your choose to take advantage of this perk you can still apply for other grants applicable for single dads.
Step 3 – Look for grants in your line of study.
If you are having a hard time finding grants exclusively for single dads, you may want to revise you search. Instead of searching for grants for single fathers, start looking for grants specific to your area of study. It’s very common to find grants exclusively for undergrads or grad students studying to be teacher, marine biologist, doctors, lawyers, or even computer engineers. The list goes on and on, there are grants available for almost any filed of study. The great thing about this type of grant is it tends to renew every year and will give you support throughout the entire time you are in school.
Step 4 – Speak to a financial aid counselor.
If you are attending school already or considering attending school one of the first things you should do, is speak to a financial aid counselor. As we mentioned above, once you fill out your FAFSA they will assemble a financial aid specifically for you and guide you through the process of getting as much money as you can for your education. It’s their job to help you succeed, and many will guide you through the process of applying for as many grants & scholarships as possible.
Step 5 – Try To Think Outside The Box
Now its time for you to get creative, by this step you have hopefully spoken to an financial aid counselor, your employer, and filled out your FAFSA. Now its time to get creative; start by writing or sending an email to your dream employer and letting them know your situation. If you can find the email address of the CEO even better. Express your eagerness and commitment to your field. If your story is compelling enough they might hire you while you are still in school and foot the bill for your education.
Step 6 – Be Persistent
Expect to be turned down. Don’t give up because someone says no or you didn’t get awarded a specific scholarship or grant. Many people give up when searching for financial aid and end up paying the price. They end up leaving school with a mountain of debt because they were lazy and didn’t peruse every opportunity available to them. There are many options available for single fathers looking for grant money, you just need to uncover them.
Below is a list of resources that may be of interest to you.
Grant Resources For Single Fathers
Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund
The Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to Arkansas residents who have custodial care of at least one child under the age of 18. Single fathers who are interested in applying for the scholarship must be considered economically disadvantaged and have not previously completed a four-year degree. An exception is made for fathers who are pursuing a Master of Arts degree in teaching. Individual award amounts vary and additional eligibility criteria varies by county.
Arkansas Single Parent Scholarship Fund
614 East Emma Avenue
Springdale, AR 72764
BYU Marriott School Single Parent Scholarships
Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Business offers financial assistance to single parents who are pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees. Single fathers who have custody of dependent children may apply if they have already gained acceptance to a degree program at the Marriott School. Award amounts vary based on individual financial need. Recipients are ineligible for scholarship renewal if they remarry while enrolled.
BYU Marriott School
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602
Richard and Joan Fleming Single Parent Scholarship
Single fathers enrolled at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire may apply for the Richard and Joan Fleming Single Parent Scholarship. The scholarship is geared toward students of nontraditional age, although single fathers of all ages may apply. Students are selected for the $500 primarily on the basis of financial need.
University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire
Office of Financial Aid
Eau Claire, WI 54702
Emporia State University Single Parents With Children Scholarship
Emporia State University offers the Single Parents With Children Scholarship to single, divorced or widowed parents with dependent children. Single fathers who have custody of their dependent children may apply for the $2,000 awards. The scholarship is open to students who are enrolled full-time at the undergraduate or graduate level. Financial need is strongly considered in the selection process.
Emporia State University
Student Success Program
1200 Commercial Street
Campus Box 4065
Emporia, KS 66801
Federal Pell Grants
Low-income single fathers may be eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant. The Pell Grant program provides education funding of up to $5,550 annually to qualifying students. Applicants must be enrolled at least half-time in an accredited associate’s or bachelor’s degree program. Individual award amounts vary based on financial need, education costs and enrollment status.
Department of Education Building
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202
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