Single mothers are among the groups most affected by the downturn of the economy in the last decade, with unemployment rates at 7. Many students who are single mothers are dually burdened with school and work demands, unable to afford childcare costs and hold a full-time job while attending college classes. This is where need-based grants for single moms come in, to help adult and returning students who are single mothers from low-income households to overcome the financial challenges of pursuing a college education. Grants are available from a variety of federal, corporate, and nonprofit funding sources, and do not have to repaid. If you are single mother, you may qualify for a number of different grant types, depending on your circumstances.