Do you desire a higher education, but have no idea how to pay the high costs of college? You’re not alone. Many women don’t go back to school, because they don’t want to place a financial strain on their families, but these are temporary budget constraints. A higher education can provide the financial freedom your looking for and college grants can help.

College Grants for Military and Veterans’ Spouses can be used for tuition and books, and they are essentially free money because they do not have to be paid back. Many organizations offer college grants for women, however, it can be difficult to find them because they aren’t usually advertised. This means you will have to do a bit of digging and here’s where to look.

The Federal Government
In your search for a college grant, start with the Pell Grant from the Federal Government. All you have to do is fill out at the application accurately and wait to find out if you have been awarded.

Academic Advisors
When you’ve chosen a school, meet with the academic advisor or a financial aid representative for the college. They usually receive information from hundreds of organizations offering grants to students, so they can be a great resource. Advisors can also point you in the right direction to find other grants.

Contact Associations, Foundations and Other Organizations
Contact every association, foundation or other type of organization you can think of to find out if they are offering college grants. Here’s just a few we’ve found already:

  • The Jeannette Rankin Foundation has a grant for United States citizens who are older than 35 and in financial need.
  • The Patsy Takemoto Mink Foundation has a grant of $2,000 for women who have children living in a low-income household.
  • Raise the Nation seeks to help single mothers or the children of single mothers, who are in financial need.

Employers
Many companies offer college grants to help their employees go back to school. Check with your employer to find out if there are any opportunities.

Friends, Family and Community Members
The more people you tell about your initiative to go back to school, the better. Not only may they know about college grants, but they will keep their eyes and ears open too.

Internet Search
Resources for college grants abound on the Internet. Search for college grants along with the field of study you’d like to pursue, your minority status or any other unique feature of yourself that might help you get a college grant. You can also use some college grant search options. Some websites have a system that you answer questions and then grants are presented that matches your qualifications. Always check the details of these grants, however, because you may qualify for parts of the grants but not others.

College Grants for All Years of School
College grants aren’t just for students who are entering school, but it can also be for those already enrolled. So if you’re already in college looking for a way to fund you next semester or year, start searching now for grants.

The more you search, the more you’ll find. The more you apply to, the higher likelihood you’ll win and that makes all the searching time worth it. Good luck!