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Posted in Working Mothers on 26th December 2010

Putting Education First for Single, Working Mothers

For many people, a bright future starts with good education. Even before he became President, Barack Obama spoke about the need to make education a priority. Grants and scholarships are just the beginning of efforts to try to make over higher education. For decades, college prices have steadily increased. Besides tuition and housing, fees for books, travel and eating are often not covered. Many potential students suffer and are unable to afford to go to college. One group that is particularly hit hard is single mothers. Helping single mothers get an education helps their families and future employers. It’s important to the President and that’s why he’s implemented a program for scholarships for mothers. If you’ve heard of Obama grants for moms, know that people are referring to Federal Pell Grants. With these grants, college-bound students can receive over ,000 to pay for school. This is over ,000 above the previous maximum, and it’s a big help to moms who want to return to school. With these grants for moms, they can pay for tuition, books or any other school-related expenses. Another worthwhile program is the American Opportunity Tax Credit. This program allows the first ,000 of education expenses to be free. At less expensive schools in particular this is a big credit. Since many single working mothers have low incomes, these programs are a major help. There are plenty of options on where, when and what a student can study. Now the expenses are just a little lighter, and eager mothers can enroll in school. With his actions President Obama has confirmed his belief in this issue. With some changes to the lending system, many graduate and undergraduate loans will be less costly. Preparing schools and students for success is an important Obama administration mission. Higher education at a 2-year college can be a great option, and there is emphasis being put on that fact. To attend a 2-year college has a number of benefits, including saving money and learning a trade or skill. In his Reclaiming the American Dream speech in 2007, Obama said, “We need to put a college education within reach of every American. That’s the best investment we can make in our future.” President Obama has shown he is serious about action. If the goal is to educate as many as possible, making grants available for mothers is a good step. Traditional and non-traditional students alike have numerous opportunities to put their education first.

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