Women seeking grants for higher education should always start with the federal Pell grant program. In order to verify your qualifications for the program, you need to complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) application.
Even if you don’t think you qualify, don’t skip this step in looking for grant funding. Put simply, the application is basically a means of creating a tailored ‘needs analysis’ for you.
FAFSA Eligibility Requirements
- You must have a GED or high school diploma
- You must have a valid social security number
- You must be a US citizen or an eligible non-citizen
- You cannot owe outstanding balances on other Federal student grants
- You cannot be in default on other student loans
- You cannot have a criminal record pertaining to illegal drug possession.
- Male applicants must be registered with the U.S. Selective Service
For a complete list of FAFSA eligibility rules and requirements, visit FAFSA.ed.gov.
There you will find worksheets and tips for completing the required paperwork for women’s education grants. Completing everything correctly and in a timely fashion will improve your chances of success greatly.
FAFSA Eligibility Tip
Check with your school about their specific deadlines. Sometimes schedules can vary and you do not want to get caught not knowing — and having to wait until the next year.
FAFSA Eligibility Explained