Are there really any free grant programs out there?

Question:In my experiences with seaching for a actual free grant , it's not really free at all they always want money. I am a single mother with limited income. Any one had any sucess?

Answers:
If you are looking for education grant, check out Federal Student Aid Web Site or FAFSA http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/
I suggest you explore all federal funding and grant options at the Federal Student Aid website http://federalstudentaid.ed.gov/... You may also want to read the Handbook of the Pell Grant -- this is an 86 page document that contains everything about the grant
http://ifap.ed.gov/sfahandbooks/attachme...

However, the government is NOT in the business of giving away free money for the sake of giving away money. There are no grants for paying bills, no grants for paying off credit cards, no grants for getting out of debt and no grants for simply fattening your wallet.

Grants are free, but it means OBLIGATION. You will be obligated to do as the grant sets out to do. Grants have objectives, and your purpose must fit the objective of the grant.

You can go to the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) http://www.cfda.gov and Grants.gov http://www.grants.gov - these are two sites created by the federal government to provide transparency and information on grants. Browse through the listings and see if you can find any grant that would support your purposes.

Even if you buy books on "how to get grants" or list that supposedly has information on grants -- all of them are mere rehash of what CFDA has, albeit packaged differently.
Here are some good sites to check out:
http://www.fedmoney.org/
http://apps.collegeboard.com/cbsearch_ss...
http://www.freegovmoney.net/
http://www.educationplanner.com/educatio...
http://www.studentawards.com/
http://www.college-scholarships.com/...

Good luck!
The largest program in the nation is the Pell Grant. A full grant will pay up to one-half of the cost of your schooling, depending on where you go to college. Basically the 1/2 is for state schools. For private schools, it pays a set dollar amount. To receive the full grant, you must enroll for at least 12 semester hours and meet certain income requirements. If your income is too high or you don't want to take 12 hours, the grant will pay a percentage. Most states also have something called the SEOG. There is one single complicated (but vitally necessary) form to complete.

As a single mother you may also qualify for other grants and scholarships. Check with the financial aid office of the college your are considering.

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