There are many challenges you’ll face as a single parent, and the question of whether to go back to school is certainly one of them. Between looking after the little ones, attending classes, and holding down a job, there’s a lot to manage. Luckily for you, we have a few tips that’ll help make the transition easier.

The financials

Paying for a degree can seem impossible. However, if you can start budgeting your household expenses, you’ll be amazed at how far a little can go. If you’ve never created a budget before, here are a few things to consider:

  • Not spending more money than you make
  • Getting to grips with your financial responsibilities
  • Writing everything down
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Keep a careful record of all your income and outgoings. Not only does this ensure you don’t spend more than you earn, but it also helps you to identify bad spending habits so you can nip them in the bud. When you have a budget, you’ll get a better understanding of how much you have left to spend on your education.


Childcare is often the most significant hurdle facing single parents. You’ll need someone to help you look after the kids while you go to class. Therefore, we suggest looking into whether you’re entitled to daycare grants, there may also be a child care facility at your school.

Alternatively, if you have a friend or a family member who’d be happy to help out, even better! After all, they’re not likely to charge for their services.

Financial aid

It’s more and more common for single parents to qualify for scholarships and grants that help to fund higher education. This is often preferable to footing the bill on your own!

If you’re interested in applying for financial aid, do a quick Google search. There are tons of scholarships for adult students, but they’re no use if you don’t know your options. From there you can make an informed decision and kick start the application process.