We all know that quality childcare can be very expensive indeed. However when it comes to the care of your child do you really want to compromise? As a single parent you probably work.
You may also have children who are too young to attend school. This means that you have to find someone or somewhere that will take care of your children for you while you are at work. This is simply not possible if you are strapped for cash. This is why there are a few programs available in the state of Montana to help single parents cover their childcare costs.
One option that may be open to you in Montana is Medicaid. This is heath insurance option that exists to help low income families afford healthcare. However it must be noted that it is not easy for everyone to qualify for his kind of health insurance. The eligibility requirements are strict. It must also be noted that this is not for free. You will have to pay a certain amount of money towards the health care insurance costs while the rest will be paid n your behalf. This is something that is, at the very least, well worth inquiring about. It can’t hurt to ask.
Healthy Montana Kids
Another option that you may be interested in if you find that you do not qualify for Medicaid is Healthy Montana Kids. This is a very affordable option that covers all children who are 19 years old or younger for all of their healthcare needs. The payments for Healthy Montana Kids work on a sliding scale, so you will only have to pay as much as you can afford in terms of your income. To find out more about Healthy Montana Kids, please visit the Department of Public Health and Human Services.
One of the many concerns on the minds of single parents is how to pay for transport costs. Transport costs are a very real part of everyday life. You have to get yourself to and from work, and, while your children may have a bus service to get them to school, there may not always be a way to get them to and from the after school activities that they would like to attend. One possible solution to this problem is to make a concerted effort to use the great public transport system available in Massachusetts.
An interesting thing to note is that Medicaid sometimes offers non-emergency medical transport to people who are desperately in need of t. One of the best ways to keep your child healthy is to spot illnesses before they develop into something bad. The best way to do this is to make sure they get regular check-ups. However it may not always be easy to get your children to those check-ups. Hence the service offered by Medicaid. This is not available to everyone and is hard to qualify for but it is well worth your while to find out more.
Rent / Housing Assistance
One of the most important things that you have to worry about as a single parent is making sure that your children have a roof over their heads. There is nothing more important than this. Health problems as well as their happiness can be directly related to the environment that they are growing up in and consequently it is of the utmost importance that that environment be one that is safe and healthy. A child needs to be guaranteed of a home that will protect them from the elements and keep them warm. However it is not always easy to buy or rent a home that is of good quality, which is why so many low income families, such as single parent families, struggle as much as they do.
Home to Stay Program
One of the rent options that are available is a long term rent aid scheme that is known as Home to Stay Program. This is one of the few programs available in the country that offers long term assistance. This means that if you are eligible for the program you will receive assistance with paying your rent indefinitely. You can also get temporary assistance through this program if that is what you are looking for instead.
Section 8 Housing
Another program available in Montana that works in a very similar way to the Home to Stay Program is the Section 8 Housing program whereby you will be given assistance to pay for the rent of a home of your own choice that falls within a certain category. This is a program that can be found across the country and is a very viable option for single parents who are hoping to create safe home environments for their children.
Food & Supplies / Nutritional Assistance
It is absolutely essential that you ensure that you are providing your children with enough food. On top of that you have to make sure that the food you are feeding them is in fact healthy. This is easier said than done as healthy food is not always the most affordable option out there. Fortunately there are a number of measures in place in Montana to help single parents who are struggling to make ends meet provide their children with the healthy food that they need. It is your responsibility to explore all of the options and provide for your child adequately.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
One of the options that are open to you as a single parent is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This is a program whereby you will be able to have access to quality food for yourself and your children. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides assistance in the form of a debit card that is preloaded with a set amount of money. This debit card can be used to buy food at a number of different places, but you must please note that it will not necessarily be accepted everywhere. It is very important that you do not see this as a permanent measure but that you also work towards self-sufficiency for yourself and your family. The items you are able to buy with this card are highly nutritious.
Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
Another way to ensure that you receive the nutrition you need for yourself and your children is through the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. This program is aimed specifically at single mothers with children who are five years of age or younger and women who are expecting to become single mothers very soon. The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) provides you with a number of vouchers which you can use to purchase dairy products. Dairy products and formula (if you require it) are essential for the health of small children.
Government Grants for Single Parents in Montana
The place to start when looking for government grants for single mothers is with FAFSA. There are a number of options available to you out there, but you will not be able to find out what they are unless you fill out the FAFSA form. FAFSA will then provide you with the information you need about what federal aid you are in fact eligible for. This will help you to speed up your search for the aid you need in order to study further and better your situation for yourself as well as your children. It is your responsibility as a parent to try.
Montana Higher Education Student Assistance Corporation (MHESAC)
If you are hoping to get financial assistance for your studies in Montana then you should definitely begin by exploring the Montana Higher Education Student Assistance Corporation (MHESAC). The Montana Higher Education Student Assistance Corporation (MHESAC) provides a list of single parent grants like you may be interested in. There are a large number of options available out there if you are just willing to take the time necessary to look for them.
The Montana Higher Education Grant (MHEG) and Montana Tuition Assistance Program (MTAP)
There are several examples of grants that are available in Montana but The Montana Higher Education Grant (MHEG) and Montana Tuition Assistance Program (MTAP) are to prime specimens. There are many other grants just like these that exist to help students from all walks of life achieve their educational ideals. If you want to achieve your educational ideals then you need to consider all of the available options. Consider all scholarships and grants that you hear of and be certain to pursue all possible avenues.
Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship
Another option that you may have as a single parent is the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship. This is a merit based scholarship that is given to those students who excelled when they were in high school. If you feel that you are one of the top achievers then you should definitely apply for this scholarship. Some facts about the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship are:
- Eligible recipients must be top students in their graduating class
- Eligible recipients must have top GPAs and ACT scores
- Qualified recipients must be accepted into a four-year college program anywhere in the United States
Some other options that may be open to you are:
- The Montana Governor’s Postsecondary Scholarship
- The Montana U.S. Senate Youth Program
You may have noticed that many of the scholarship and grant program mentioned in this section are not specifically designed for single parents. However there is no reason why you should not benefit from these options as a single mother as you are also allowed to pursue your dreams educationally as much as anyone else is. The best thing to do is to explore all of the options.
College single parent grants and scholarships
There are a number of scholarships and single parent grants that are offered at specific universities or schools all over the country. If you are interested in a particular school then you may want to start your search for financial aid for single parents at their financial aid department. Studying further is seen as a very admirable thing to do, so there are a number of schools out there that are willing to help you fund your studies in this regard. The least you can do is ask, and the worst they can do is say that there are no such programs o that you don’t qualify. At least you would have tried.
Montana State University for example offers a number of scholarships and awards to various kinds of students:
- The Non-Resident Freshman Achievement Awards
- MSU’s Resident Freshman University Scholarships
- Western Undergraduate Exchange Awards
- MSU’s Presidential Scholarships
- Departmental Scholarships
If you are interested in studying at the University of Montana then you should definitely consider the above options. It can’t hurt to find out f you are eligible for any of the scholarships offered by the university, and if you are it will make your life a whole lot easier. It can’t hurt to ask.
Other Grants or Resources Available
The above information is by no means exhaustive. It merely provides an overview of some of the options that are available to single parents who want to change their situation and make their lives better for themselves and for their children. It is important that you research all possible avenues for assistance in your area. Try churches and non-profit organizations to see what structures they have in place. Use the internet to search for programs that aim to help single parents get through the tough of time of raising children by themselves in your area. Don’t give up and remember that you are not alone.
Originally posted 2011-08-04 02:24:02.