If you are a single parent then you are probably part of the work force. Single parents have to be responsible for everything that the family and the household needs and often it is impossible to do this unless they are members of the workforce and earning money.
There are many demands on the resources of parents, but providing adequate childcare for their children while they are at work is one of the more important. There are a number of options available in South Carolina that you should consider. Make sure that you are able to learn about all possible options before making your final decision.
The state of South Carolina is well aware of the high costs involved in getting good childcare for your children. This is why they offer a subsidy program whereby part or all of the costs involved in paying for quality childcare will be covered by the state. This allows you to send your child to a good childcare facility while you work. With a program like this either part or all of your child’s costs will be covered. Often the amount of aid you receive will depend on how much you work. Often single parents who are in the work force receive higher amounts of assistance from this program when it comes to childcare then parents who are unemployed or only employed on a part time basis. Other programs however are more concerned with you financial need and will therefore focus on helping those parents who are not in the work force as they will consequently have less money for childcare.
One area of your child’s well being that is of the utmost importance is their health. It is not a good idea to compromise on the health of your child. However it is also a fact that health insurance is not exactly affordable for families in bad financial situations, such as single parent families. This means that if you want to be sure of covering your child’s health you are going to have to look for subsidized health options. There are several options that are available if you know where to look for them and what questions you should ask.
There is one standard option that is available in all states to low income families and that is Medicaid. This is a subsidized health insurance program that aims to ensure that single parent families and other families with low incomes are in fact able to provide basic health care coverage for their children. It can be quite difficult to qualify for Medicaid; however, as the salary requirements for this program are very stringent. However as the program offers so much, such as in-patient hospitalization, dental care, immunization, and x-ray tests, it is something that you have to at least find out about.
There are not a lot of transport options available for single parents in most states who are looking for a way to get their children as well as themselves from point A to point B. This means that the cost of transport is yet another worry that is heaped onto the plates of single parents across the country. One of the options that you may want to consider is public transport. Public transport is cheaper than, for example, using your own car. Have a look at the public transport options in your area and see if it is a viable option for you.
One option that may be available to you is Medicaid’s non-emergency medical transport program. However like all things related to Medicaid this is a difficult program to qualify for and you may find that you are not able to have access to this assistance in your area or with your status. And of course you have to qualify for Medicaid in the first place if you want to qualify for the transport option. However, it can’t hurt to get in contact with Medicaid and find out more about this program and if you are eligible for it.
Rent / Housing Assistance
One of the things that you have to worry about as a single parent living in South Carolina is providing a roof over the heads of your children. This is an essential thing to do but in the current economic climate it is not easy to buy or rent homes that provide adequate shelter for your children or that are safe. This means that you may find it difficult to fulfil this ideal. However there are housing subsidy programs offered by the state of South Carolina that are open to you to make use of if it is necessary.
Subsidized Housing Programs
Providing your child with a decent home to live in cannot always be easy, especially in the current economic climate. This is why the state of South Carolina offers a number of subsidy programs to help single parents as well as other families that have a financial need to cover their costs and buy a home. This is a great way for you to be sure of getting a decent place for your children to stay. Find out about the Subsidized Housing Programs offered by the government today if you find yourself in a bad position.
Cash Assistance for the Payment of Heating/Cooling Systems and Energy Consumption
The state of South Carolina also offers Cash Assistance for the Payment of Heating/Cooling Systems and Energy Consumption to families who need it. As a single parent you may well qualify for this kind of assistance. Not only do you need to provide a home for your children, but you also need to provide a home that has adequate heating, cooling, and power. The state of South Carolina is willing to help you with those costs if you meet the necessary eligibility criteria and if you have a genuine need.
Food & Supplies / Nutritional Assistance
One thing that is essential for any good parent to do is to provide their children with food that is not only high in quantity but also high in quality. Nutritious food is a very important aspect of a child’s life. If they do not receive adequate nutrition in their diets then they may find that they run into trouble and that they are more likely to get ill. This is something that can be avoided by providing nutritious food. However nutritious food can be expensive, which may mean that you are unable o afford it. There are a number of programs available for single mothers in South Carolina to help with this.
Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
One form of assistance that is aimed particularly at single mothers is the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. This is a program whereby single mothers can receive coupons or vouchers which can be used to purchase dairy products. If you are a woman with children younger than five years old or if you are pregnant you will be able to benefit from the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program if you meet the necessary criteria. This is one of the best programs out there and is found in all states.
Studying further is a great thing for you to undertake as a single parent. There are a number of different reasons why it is a good idea. You may however fee that you are not going to be able to go back to school or complete your education because of the demands that are already on your limited resources. It is important that you know that there are a number of programs available in South Carolina that exist to help students in financially difficult circumstances study further and achieve their financial goals.
Government Grants for Single Parents in South Carolina
Your first port of call when looking for government grants for single parents to help you pay for your studies should always be FAFSA. All you need to do to find out if you qualify for any of the free grants that you don’t need to pay back from the state of South Carolina is to fill out the very easy to follow FAFSA form and submit it to find out more. Based on your responses in the form you will be provided with information about what grant and loan options you have in your current situation.
Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship
One of the options available in all states is the Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship, which is a merit based scholarship for top achievers. There are a few eligibility requirements and rules that you need to be aware of when you consider applying for this scholarship. Pay close attention to them to avoid wasting your time and effort.
- 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
General Scholarships and Grant Programs
There are several general scholarships and grants for single mothers that you may be eligible for in South Carolina. Not all of them will be suitable for you, but it is well worth the effort required to look into them and see what they are all about. The worst that could happen is that they tell you are not qualified. You may as well look at the option in any case. These are:
- The South Carolina HOPE Scholarship
- The LIFE Scholarship
- The Palmetto Fellows Scholarship
- The South Carolina Tuition Grants Program
Specialized Studies Scholarship and Grant Programs
There are certain professions in Ohio that are experiencing a shortage. These areas include things like teaching and nursing, both of which are essential professions. If you are interested in one of these professions you may qualify for a scholarship to cover your tuition:
- The Teacher Loan program
- Archibald Rutledge Scholarship
- South Carolina Teaching Fellows Program
You may notice that these scholarships and grants are not worded or named with single parents in particular in mind. However there is no reason why single parents cannot benefit form these great programs offered and make the most of them.
College grants and scholarships
It must be noted that there are numerous college grants and scholarships out there for single parents who are looking to get back to school. Many colleges that you may be interested in offer grants and other forms of financial assistance to their students in order to encourage more and more students to attend their school. This is something that you should keep in mind when you visit the various schools you are interested in. Start off by asking them what programs they may have in place and find out whether or not you are eligible for them.
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.
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Work First)
One option hat may be able to get you through a difficult time is the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. This is a program that provides monetary assistance to single parents and other low income families in the form of a debit card that can be used to purchase certain items. It must be noted that the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program is indeed temporary and you cannot rely on t permanently. The idea is to help you get back on your feet financially by offering limited monetary assistance for a short period of time.
Originally posted 2011-08-04 01:15:06.