How am I going to pay for my children’s college education on my single parent income?
If you are anything like me, you lose sleep over the answer to that question.
Unfortunately, I learned the answer to that question a little bit too late for my older two boys, but I still have time with my youngest.
Fortunately, I have the answer an answer that can help you pay for your child’s education without spending a penny. This will work best if you have at least a year or two to work on it.
So, what is the secret?
Yep, volunteer. When you child becomes a junior and senior in high school they will have the opportunity to apply for scholarships. There are thousands upon thousands of scholarships available for everything from height to the best belly flop. While those are the scholarships that don’t take merit into consideration most every other scholarship puts a big emphasis on volunteer work. Grades are really important too, but I feel like giving back to the community is almost more important on some of the applications.
So, how much more awesome and easy can that be to help finance your child’s college education by investing your time, their time AND giving back to the community all at the same time. The best part of this, for you, is that it does not cost you a penny.
Get involved in your community. Get your kids involved. They really are never too young to start helping out, but I would say 10+ is ideal. Find a project that you and your child can really get involved with and make the commitment because I am telling you that you will get back far more than you put in.
If a couple hours of the most fulfilling work you can do can fill you and your child with pride and finance a chunk of their education, WHY NOT?
Wherever you are I have no doubt that opportunities for volunteering are available. Find a food bank, a shelter, a hospital, a nursing home, a church, or any kind of non-profit organization. Find your local American Red Cross or Habitat for Humanity. I have no doubt that many places will take on volunteers for just about anything. And keep track of time spent on every project so that when it comes time to fill out college scholarships your child can easily pull out their volunteer experience.
And here is a list of other college financial aid resources that you should keep in mind. I know the process is daunting and scary. It is especially scary when you KNOW that you don’t have a penny to spare for your children’s college education, but you can take steps to help secure financial aid right now.
There is NO BETTER time that right now, just before the holidays, to get involved.
Here are a few volunteer resources for those of you here in Colorado:
- Metro Volunteers
- Habitat for Humanity Denver
- Food Bank of the Rockies
- Volunteers of America Colorado Branch
- Denver Rescue Mission
- American Red Cross
- Colorado Children’s Hospital
- Bessie’s Hope
- SafeHouse Denver
- United Way
- The Samaritan House
- Here is a list of Colorado Food Pantries
See, it isn’t so scary at all.