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June 23, 2022

It's Never Too Late To Go Back To School!

Scholarships for Women Over 40

If you’re looking to go back to school after the age of 40 you’ll probably notice that higher education costs have only continued to rise in the last few decades.

There are so many reasons that you may find yourself wanting to go back to school for professional training, an undergraduate degree, or maybe a graduate degree in the second half of your life.

To Advance or Change Your Career

A recent study found that 52% of US adults are considering a career change, and middle aged women are no exception! Reasons for pursuing a new career range from a desire to increase your income to just plain old boredom. 

Or maybe you love your career but are finding yourself hitting an earnings ceiling, and are looking to level-up within your field? In either case you may need to pursue further education. 

To Reclaim a Missed Opportunity

Many women were unable to pursue higher education when they were younger due to familial obligations, financial hardship, or other mitigating circumstances. But it’s never too late for a do-over!

To Keep Your Neurons Firing

Did you know that ⅔ of Americans who are living with Alzheimer's are women and women in their 60s are about twice as likely to develop Alzheimer's than they are to develop breast cancer? With that in mind,  it's never a bad idea to keep yourself mentally challenged! 

If you’re looking to go back to school after the age of 40 you’ll probably notice that higher education costs have only continued to rise in the last few decades. But don’t despair! Financial aid isn’t just for teenagers, and grants aren’t just for organizations. There exist out there a myriad of scholarships for women over 40, and we’ve compiled a list of options to get you inspired:

Scholarships and Grants for Women In Midlife and Beyond:

AAUW Career Development Grants

Career Development Grants from AAUW range from $2,000 - $12,00 and provide funding to women who hold a bachelor’s degree and are preparing to advance or change careers or re-enter the workforce in education, health and medical sciences, or social sciences.


Jeannette Rankin Scholar Grants

Jeannette Rankin Foundation provides unrestricted Scholar Grants to students who identify as women or nonbinary, are 35 and older and demonstrate financial need. Grants are availible for applicants who are pursuing a technical or vocational education, an associate's degree, or a first bachelor's degree.


Newcombe Foundation Scolorships for Mature Students

The Newcombe foundation doesn’t provide scholarships directly but instead works with universities and educational institutions where you can apply for funds. 


Pell Grants

If you’re raising or have raised teenagers you’re probably all too familiar with the FAFSA. If you’re willing to brave it on your own behalf you may be eligible for a Pell Grant, federal student aid that doesn’t have to be repaid. 


P.E.O. Projects and Philanthropies

A collection of 6 different scholarships available to women of all ages. 


Society of Women Engineers

SWE Scholarships support those who identify as a woman and pursue an ABET-accredited bachelor or graduate student program in preparation for careers in engineering, engineering technology, and computer science


Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards

Since1972, Soroptimist has distributed more than $30 million in education awards to 30,000 women across the world. The Live Your Dream Awards are help women who provide the primary financial support for their families pursue further education. 


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