When it’s time to pay for college, few students could afford without some form of education financing. Even for those who do receive student aid, the amount, in reality, is far less than “what is needed”.
The Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program — better known as the WIC, provides free support to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding and post-partum women and children under age five who are considered to be “at nutritional risk”.
Child care is always almost unaffordable for single mothers. With only one income, raising kids alone creates a financial drain on an already-limited budget. So what options do they have?
For many African Americans, education is the only valid passport out of poverty but money plays a big role in decisions about where – or whether – to go to college. Lack of fund is often the primary reason why black students ain’t making it into college.
The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally-subsidized meal program that provides free or discounted school lunches to eligible children whose family income falls below certain “poverty guidelines”.
For those above the Medicaid limit, CHIP comes in to bridge the gap, as it aims to cover uninsured children in families with incomes ‘too high’ to qualify for Medicaid, but ‘too little’ to afford private insurance on their own.
The Federal Work-Study (FWS) Program is a type of student aid that gives single-parent students — with little or no monetary resources, a way to earn money by doing part-time work on or off campus.
Similar to the Pell Grant, FSEOG awards very low-income students anywhere between $100 and $4,000 a year based on the gravity of their needs and fund availability.
There is a plethora of financial aid aimed at helping single mothers cope with the challenges of single parenting. Though it isn’t a guaranteed entitlement, they are freely awarded on the basis of economic hardship.