The Federal Pell Grant program is often touted as a "single mother grant," but it is not limited to single mothers. Government Pell Grants help many single fathers pay for college. To apply for a Federal Pell Grant, complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which can be done on the FAFSA website. Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant programs are run by individual states. They are also awarded to students with the most need, based on the FAFSA application.
Many states also offer education grants based on need. State grants are not limited to single parents, but some state programs, such as California's CalGrant program, take the applicant's family status into account. Visit your state's financial aid website to determine whether your state offers a similar grant program.
There are also merit-based education grants, which means they are based on the student's grade point average or other academic merit. The Academic Competitiveness Grant is aimed at college students in their first and second year that graduated from high school during or after 2005 and 2006. The National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant is awarded to third- and fourth-year students in certain programs with at least a 3.0 GPA.