Women who go to college or university have a chance for better pay and more promotions. More women than ever are going to college, however, the costs of tuition are too high for many. How will women achieve their dreams through higher education?
There are education grants for women to help them attend college or university. Some women education grants are from the federal government and other are from private sources.
GOVERNMENT GRANTS FOR WOMEN’S EDUCATION
There are government grants for women to go to college. There are a few federal grant programs for college and the Pell Grant is the most common. This grant is available to both women and men and is based on financial need.
To apply for a Pell Grant, a woman must register and document information into the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is an important tool for a woman to get a government grants and low interest loans for education. The Pell Grant is capped at $5,500 per year, but that does not limit someone from getting other grants, scholarships, and loans.
There are other federal grants available for those who are eligible for the Pell Grant. The Academic Competitiveness grant is for freshman and sophomores with high academic achievement and leadership ability. The SMART grant provides $4,000 to students in science, engineering, math or computer science.
GRANTS FOR WOMEN FROM COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
Many universities and colleges offer scholarships and grants as part of their financial assistance package. These awards help the schools attract the best students, who may not have the funds to pay for school. University financial aid offices have this information and there may be published scholarship information on the school’s web site.
Some women’s colleges have special scholarship and grant programs for their students. These programs may be merit based scholarships and/or financial need based grants.
GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS FROM PRIVATE SOURCES
There are several women education grants and scholarships available for women from a wide variety of non-government organizations. The difference between a grant and a scholarship is blurred, but a scholarship is usually merit based. Therefore, scholarships tend to be more competitive than financial need based grants. Possible sources education scholarships and grants for women:
National professional organizations in the student’s field of interest (e.g., nursing, business)
Private foundations that give scholarships to students
Associations in fields where women are under-represented (e.g., engineering, science)