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Hi, I could not agree more to this post. Ways of landing an interview in tough times. What I also have done I added a really nice letter of reference from my former boss. In that letter my former boss tells everything about my previous job performance. He had a tough decision to make and I know it was very difficult for him to let me go however I know he did not have a choice. He had a tough decision to make for he was downsizing. I am the type of employee who no matter where I go I leave my mark. This is an excellent post thankyou very much Elke
All of the other responses have some valuable information in them to use and I am also a single mother who has been going to school on a part-time to full-time schedule depending on the number of classes I've taken on a particular semester. And depending on if you want a loan or grant one of the best places that I have gone to, especially since money is tight and speech therapy sessions and the recurring surgeries for my son are very expensive, is the FASFA and you enter the school's code into the online forms and the information goes to the school of your choice. I've used the FASFA for several years now and it has not only paid for my classes and the books but for related expenses like gas as well. But do be careful of the "opportunities" that are out there because like some have said there are stipulations, some which are almost laughable and others that are just painful due to the different angles they take advantage of you, and others well just shouldn't be messed with. And if someone tells you that you have to pay them money to receive a grant, RUN.
While there may be exceptions, what might have been true a couple of years ago, is not true today. Anyone who has applied knows the numbers sound plentiful, but there is fierce competition out there. I can't imagine how much time it would take to submit enough applications for individual grants of $100 or $1000 to fund an education and help raise your children. I recommend browsing this book at your local library or trying to find a used copy at Amazon.
Be aware there might also be Tax credits and funds if you live in a midwestern state that is still recovering from hurricanes. Also, I think I recall reading in a prior post about a potential learning disability: There's money for that too (but they aren't called "scholarships" :-)
That is not necessarily true. There are thousands of scholarships out there for people from all walks of life.While the schools do provide some assistance, that should not be the end of her search either. For example, we have a local law firm that grants $1000 to 100 graduating high school seniors every year. Yes, there are stipulations, but $1000 is $1000.... Other organizations give scholarships to students for various amounts. Keep your eyes open and ask everyone you know if they have heard of any that may be helpful.
Regarding your question about scholarships: You aren't going to qualify for a scholarship. The key word in that term is "Scholar". However, you could very well qualify for STATE aid. I've known a couple of women with children who have been granted over $30K/year just to go to school (it pays their schooling and their living expenses). Two have done it through major universities and one through nursing school. You have to goto the financial aid office of the school you are planning to attend to see what you qualify for. It's all handled through the university from what I understand.