Parents with young dependant children usually need more help to get through college. It is worth exploring all your options to figure out how you can get financial and childcare aid. The Pell Grant is awarded to all low-income students who meet the criteria for eligibility. It is not awarded on the basis of the age and family status of the student, so parents who study towards an undergraduate degree can receive it.
Parents who have been awarded a Pell Grant are not automatically entitled to free childcare. There is no package that gives you automatic eligibility for a childcare grant, if you have received this particular scholarship. In addition, the size of your Pell Grant is not based on the fact that you have a child. It is true, however, that this information is usually reflected in your income, so this factor can actually help you get a larger sum.
You should not despair for not getting free childcare with your Pell Grant. The good news is that you have a number of options that you can take advantage of. Firstly, you have to take into account what the Pell Grant sum you receive per semester is. Then, you need to check how your school disburses it.
In most cases, the tuition fees are covered and the remainder of the funds, if any, it paid directly to you with a check. It is also possible for you to receive part or the entire amount of money directly, but in this case your cost of attendance will not be fully covered. In any case, if you get some money in your pocket, you can use it to pay for childcare. The Pell Grant can be spent for anything that aids your education, including childcare costs. You do not have to account for the way in which you spend the sums directly available to you.
The next option you have is to look for childcare grants. The eligibility for a Pell Grant does not automatically make you eligible for such forms of financial aid. You can take advantage of standard Federal childcare grants. There are also grants designed to aid parents who study financially. These are usually available from local governments or from educational institutions. Thus, you should look for available financing at a number of places. Just make sure you meet the eligibility criteria for the grant. These are usually quite specific. Your marital status, income and your child’s age and health status are usually taken in to account to determine eligibility.
There might be childcare aid available directly from your school. Some educational institutions have day care centers for kids. Usually, the staff and the attending students can pay smaller fees for using these services. This is not a direct financing option, but it is certainly a beneficial one.
Overall, you cannot get free childcare with your Pell Grant, but you have a wide range of other opportunities to take advantage of. Make a thorough search and ask for advice at your school’s financial aid office.