How Women Can Get Free Financial Aid to Pay for College
Are you looking for a way to support your family and still have time to spend with the children? Do you want to be able to make more money while working the same number of hours? Then, a career change may be in order, and the best way to position yourself for one is by going back to school to further your education. Most women will not even entertain this thought because they know that their bank balance will never hold up under the onslaught of tuition fees. What they may not know is that free money is often available for women who are determined enough to find it. The following are some of the best places to look for college funding:
Secure Government Funding First!
Many women fall within the income parameters for receiving Pell Grants and other free financial aid from the federal government. More information can be found about these free funds on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) website. The application is the only one that needs to be filled out in order to be considered for every available option for college aid that is currently being offered by Uncle Sam.
Supplement with Scholarships Designated for Women Only!
Some scholarships not only target women but also are designated for specific areas of study. These funds can be used in addition to any government funding that is obtained. The following are just some of the scholarships that have been offered:
• For women who need job skills training: Jeanette Rankin Foundation Scholarships are yearly awards given to women in lower income brackets who have reached the grand old age of 35. The money may be used for vocational school or technical skills training. It may also be used to help women obtain an associate’s degree or their first bachelor’s degree.
• For women who want a degree in computer science or engineering: The Society of Women Engineers has set up a scholarship fund to help women planning to further their education in these fields. This organization gave away $540,000 to 188 women last year and has plans to do at least that much in the future. The SWE webpage contains the details needed for application.
• For women who have had educational interruptions: Emerge Scholarships are given to women of all ages, including those who are just entering college and those who need funding for graduate school. The criteria established for recipients suggests that those who get these scholarships should have proven themselves valuable through community action and should be able to show that they have overcome any obstacles standing in the way of their success.
Businesses and community organizations are also sympathetic to the cause of educating women, and many have donated scholarship funds to help. A list of these scholarships should be easy to find at a local college financial aid office, and counselors will be thrilled to help any woman complete all of the proper forms for application.
Jennifer Lewis writes for a site that helps female students find financial aid, including educational grants for women over 50. She thinks women should pursue their ambitions of going back to college and should seek out any financial aid that is available to help them.