Grants For Women

More than ever before, women are making plans to attend college in an effort to have greater opportunities in life. For those with children or extended family to support, the motivation to get a college degree and provide fiscal stability may be even greater. Women with college degrees out-earn non-degreed women more than two to one over the course of their professional lives.
With major universities located in every state within the United States, there is no shortage of fine academic institutions to choose from. Selecting a major may be the more complicating factor, although the top majors for women in college (per Forbes Magazine) include business, nursing education, history and psychology. In fact, business is the one major that seems to be steadily growing in popularity with female students.
No matter the locations or the line of study, there are numerous grants for women to attend college. In most cases, the woman will opt not just for grants but for a combination of scholarships, grants (including Pell Grants) and loans in order to pay for her college education. This is because in most cases one approach will not fully fund the full college term.
The primary grant for women aspiring to be a college graduate is the Pell grant. Because this is a grant program, the funds do not need to be paid back. The Pell Grant is a federally funded program that has been in existence since the mid-1960s, having been initiated as part of the Higher Education Act of 1965 which was signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson. The value of this grant for college bound women is currently up to $5,500, having been recently increased to this level by President Barack Obama.
There are also other grants for women that are not federally funded. Other varieties of grants include those funded by private organizations. Some examples are grants funded by such groups as the American Foundation for Suicide and Prevention, American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society, Association for Psychological Science, and American Culinary Federation. In many cases, the grant committee requires that the applicant be a member of the issuing organization.
Further, there are grants for women to attend school that are more college specific. This means that the individual college or university will offer grants for a diversity of majors or based upon a variety of backgrounds.

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