Grants for Women Over 40
January 22, 2014
These days are seeing more women over the age of 40 heading off to college to get a degree and try to make a better life for themselves and their family. There was a time in the not so distant past that women over the age of 40 would have never thought about going to college and would, instead, stay at home raising their children or continue with the same job they had.
Now, times have changed, and women are finding more equality in the work place to make things easier for them to decide to go back to college and get that ever important degree. More surprising is that now women are enrolling in online business intelligence courses, which was not something common in past years.
If you’re a woman over the age of 40 and would like to go back to college but don’t have the money to get there, then you should start looking for available grant programs. These grant programs have been set up specifically to women that are hoping to continue their education and move forward with a career that they will be happy with.
They may not be available for everyone, but with such a wide variety to try for, you should be able to find something that will help you drastically reduce the amount of tuition you’ll be responsible for.
The first thing to look into is the FAFSA grant. This is a government regulated grant available to women that are specifically trying to move forward with their education to help support their family. For this type of grant, a tax calculator comes in handy as there are tax implications associated with the grant. This, of course, is not the only grant available to women.
There are others including:
- The AARP Foundation Women’s Scholarship Program offers various amounts to women over 40 to return to college.
- The AAUW offers grants to women going to graduate school of $5,000 to $20,000.
- The American History of Scholarships for women awards approximately $2,000 to freshman women interested in studying history.
The American History of Scholarships for women awards approximately $2,000 to freshman women interested in studying history.
There are grants available for certain careers as well. If there’s a certain career that you’re interested in, then you can find grants that pertain specifically to that career and see how many of them you can qualify for. There is a good chance that you will be able to qualify for multiple grants and have your tuition completely paid for.
An excellent way to find out which grants may be available to you is through speaking to a college counselor. They’ll have the information you need and will help you complete all of the paperwork involved to see if you qualify.