Pell Grant Eligibility
Pell Grant For Single Mothers

The Pell Grant has been marketing heavy towards young single mothers, since statistics show that this demographics are low-income and want to return to school to receive their first undergraduate or vocational degree. 

Births to unmarried women constituted 36 percent of all births in 2004, reaching a record high of nearly 1.5 million births. Over half of births to women in their early twenties and nearly 30 percent of births to women ages 25-29 were to unmarried women.


This is the exact type of student that marketing companies want to target to increase enrollment.  They realize that many single mothers probably never received a degree from college, but most likely they received their high school diploma or GED.
In 1995, nearly six of 10 children living with mothers only were near the poverty line. About 45 percent of children raised by divorced mothers and 69 percent by never-married mothers lived in or near poverty, which was $13,003 for a family of three in 1998.

As you can see from the statistics above, many single mothers are considered low income / poverty level and want to give their children a better life.  Many of these mothers are going back to school to receive a degree or training that will give them this better life.

The truth is that anyone that is considered low income / poverty can qualify for the Pell Grant.  The Pell Grant was originally established to assist low income students that have a difficult time paying for their education.  Please remember that you should never have to pay to apply for the Pell Grant. The Pell Grant application is completely free and can be completely within a day if you have all you information available.  The FAFSA must be completed in order to become eligible for the Pell Grant.