College Financial Aid Info/Single mother Education help

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My girlfriend is a single mother in the state of Indiana who is planning on going to Joliet Junior College in the fall of 2008.  I was wondering if there is anyone that could help point out some ways to fund schooling and living (housing) expenses; such as grants, gov assistance, or anything else.
Thank you,
Paul

Answer
Hello Paul,

It's very nice of you to find help for your girlfriend. I am sure she will appreciate it!

There are many sources of financial aid your girlfriend can apply for. The first type is a government grant. Grants are free sources of money offered by the government to students to help them cover tuition. You can read more about grants here:
http://www.studentfinancedomain.com/financial_aid/college_grants.aspx

In order to be eligible to receive grants she has to complete the FAFSA. She can do so by going here:
http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/

Here are some sites that offer grants:
http://www.fedmoney.org/
http://www.freegovmoney.net/
http://www.grants.gov/

She should also apply for scholarships, which are also free sources of money that don't have to be paid back. You can read more here:
http://www.studentfinancedomain.com/financial_aid/college_scholarship.aspx

Here are sites that offer scholarships:
http://www.findtuition.com/scholarships/
http://www.nextstudent.com/scholarship_search/scholarship_search.asp
http://www.brokescholar.com/
http://apps.collegeboard.com/cbsearch_ss/welcome.jsp
http://www.educationplanner.com/education_planner/paying_article.asp?sponsor=285
http://www.studentawards.com/
http://www.college-scholarships.com/

There are also many sites that offer financial assistance and advice to single mothers. Here are a few:
http://www.singlemom.com/single-moms-grants-loans-scholarships/
http://www.singlemotherresources.com/
http://www.singlemom.com/RESOURCES/resources.htm
http://oedb.org/scholarship/single-mothers
http://www.howtodothings.com/family-and-relationships/a4039-how-to-find-grants-f
http://ezinearticles.com/?Financial-Help-For-Single-Mothers&id=274716
http://www.christian-mommies.com/special-features/just-for-moms/grants-for-singl

Finally, if she can't find enough free sources of financial aid, then she can always apply for a federal student loan. The best loan to get is a Federal Perkins Loan. These have low interest rates and the government will help you pay it back as long as you stay enrolled in school. You also don't need a cosigner or good credit for it. For more info go here:
http://www.studentfinancedomain.com/student_loans/perkins_student_loans.aspx

The next best loan to get is a Subsidized Stafford Loan. This has many of the same benefits as a Perkins Loan. Learn more here:
http://www.studentfinancedomain.com/student_loans/subsidized_stafford_loan.aspx

I hope this information helps you and your girlfriend. I wish you both the best of luck!

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