Being a stay-at-home mom is a rewarding choice that many women make. They get to be the primary caretaker of their children, watching them learn and grow. Their days are often filled with trips to the library or zoo, running their children to school and to lessons, and taking care of the family home. It’s a very worthwhile lifestyle choice.

Yet many women who stay at home are now finding that doing something for themselves is just as important — and rewarding — as all of those things. That’s why so many stay-at-home moms are now seeking online degrees.

What’s interesting is that moms are seeking online degrees for a variety of reasons. Some may have attended a traditional college before starting their family but did not finish. Now, they can go online while their children are napping or are at school, and finish that degree. Others may have finished college but are now interested in other subjects, and are taking online courses to broaden their horizons.

For other moms, online courses are a way of planning their future. These moms are studying toward the day when they will rejoin the workforce and are earning a degree that will help them get a good paying job that they will find interesting once their children are grown.

Studying online means these moms have the flexibility their schedules demand. But the other good news is that the federal government offers a variety of grants to help moms pay for their higher education. Depending on income, a stay-at-home mom could qualify for a Pell Grant, and President Obama recently established a grant program specifically for moms who want to return to school. In addition, you may be able to get a significant tax credit to help offset the cost of your tuition.

Staying at home, raising your children is a higher calling. But that doesn’t mean you can’t seek a higher education, too.



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