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Where to find financial help for room & board in college?

asked 2016-01-30 16:26:38 -0800

punkin gravatar image

updated 2016-02-01 20:38:58 -0800

Emily gravatar image

My husband and son are disabled and I'm trying my best to get a degree for a higher paying job since I'm the bread winner. I can not afford my gas or to feed my family even with their social security disability payments. It just don't cover it. I'm stuck with 2 vehicle payments and am unemployed to go back to school. The money dont cover everything so we are paying bills & cutting groceries. Where to find financial help for room & board in college?

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answered 2016-02-02 08:25:36 -0800

Emily gravatar image

Sounds like a tough situation, punkin, I admire all you are trying to do!

The first and most obvious thing for you to do is to apply for a Pell Grant. Start by reading Qualify for a Pell Grant and fill out your FAFSA application right away. Even if you don't qualify for a Pell Grant (though based on your comments about your income I suspect you do), filling out the FAFSA is the first step in getting any kind of government financial aid for your 

There are also some grants available for women who are trying to enhance or change their careers. The Department of Labor has a program that has provided grants under its "WANTO" program (Women in Apprenticeship and Non-Traditional Occupations). You can read more about it in this article about grants for single moms (even though you're not a single mom!). You can also search "WANTO" along with the name of your state or county to see if the program is available locally.

Finally, have you considered doing some short term or part time work to raise some extra cash? Something like driving for Uber might help you get by financially while you look for ways to get a degree. It is easy to apply and you don't have to work set hours -- you just turn your app on when you're available to work and off when you're not -- could help you with those vehicle payments...  Also check out Low Income Help to find other ways to cut your costs and still get necessities. Hang in there!



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