If you’re a single dad looking for ways to help pay for your education, there are plenty of grants for single dads to consider. While it’s normal to find grants for traditional college students, there are fewer known opportunities for single parents who need a little extra help.
If you’re a single dad looking for grants to help fund your college education, here are some opportunities for you to apply.
The Federal Pell Grant
While not specifically for single parents, the Federal Pell Grant is a need-based grant offered by the federal government. To be eligible for this grant, you must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) each year you plan to attend college. The 2021-22 school year grant is up to $6,495, depending on financial need. Anyone who attends college and files the FAFSA® is eligible to apply.
Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants (FSEOG)
Like the Pell Grant, the FSEOG is a state-based program for students who demonstrate financial need and qualify by filing your FAFSA®. While lower than the Pell Grant, qualified students can get between $100 to $4,000 per academic year.
Individual State Grants
Many states offer grants and financial assistance opportunities for single parents who demonstrate financial need. For many of these grants, you’ll need to file the FAFSA® to be eligible for any options. However, it’s also worth reaching out to the financial aid office at your school to see if they have any grants specifically for single parents.
House Grants for Single Dads
There are several housing assistance programs for single parents that extend to single dads. Here are few opportunities:
HUD Rental Assitance
Apply for rental assistance under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the program pays your rent directly to landlords in the amount of the grant you’re awarded.
Section 8 Voucher
Another rental assistance program, the Section 8 Voucher, allows single fathers with low incomes to use government vouchers to help pay their rent.
There are plenty of financial assistance programs in addition to grants that help single dads navigate their college education. From food programs to child care assistance, it’s worth speaking to the financial aid department at your school to see what other programs you’re eligible for.
As always, your first step towards financial aid for your education starts with the FAFSA® — and Frank is here to help.