Today, Racquel Molinari sits in a comfortable, nicely furnished office, serving clients who need to restructure or refinance their home loans. Not long ago, Raquel herself was nearly homeless and very much in need of any financing she could find for herself and her children.
On a hot summer night when she had gone without food for days so that her children could eat, on a night so hot she broke a sweat just wiping her brow yet she could not turn on the air conditioning because she had no power, Raquel loaded the kids into her old, broken down car and went to the library. There, she logged onto the internet and applied for an online degree program. She also applied for every kind of financial aid available for single mothers; she especially applied for federal grants in aid.
"Just three weeks later," Molinari reports, "I had become a finance major in a prestigious business program offered by a high-powered online university. My financial aid checks paid for school and gave me enough money that we could eat and turn on the lights. " Molinari says that, once she and the kids got through the first month of school, they had developed a system, and college grew easier and easier with each passing term.
Your story can read much like Racquel Molinari's.
Acknowledgment that the United States ranks twenty-third among twenty-five modern, industrialized nations in measures of overall academic attainment, the Obama administration has designated millions of dollars for single women, empowering them to complete their degrees. Raquel Molinari had the good sense to take them up on their offer. "Every single mother should capitalize on this once in a lifetime opportunity to earn a college degree," Molinari insists. "No matter how many excuses a woman may imagine, there really is no excuse for missing out.
To emulate Racquel's example, unmarried moms should look for schools and degree programs that fit their needs. "The better the fit, the greater your chances of success," Molinari points out. Look for a school and degree program that match your needs, wants, wishes, and values, because the experts say that "Institutional Fit" has the greatest impact on your persistence to graduation. Talk to current students and alumni; ask tough questions of your advisors and counselors. If you are not cut-out for traditional college or university study, choose an accelerated online program instead; accredited online universities qualify for all the same federal financial aid programs as schools with famous football teams. The geography and culture of the place ought to make you feel as though you belong; you easily should make friends, and you should like your courses and instructors. Most of all, you should like, trust, and respect your academic and financial advisors.