Personal Loan Tips for Single Mothers
Because single mothers often are required to work to support themselves and their children, it is often difficult to afford to pay for child care and all the other related expenses that go along with a child. Many single mothers often work more than one part time job so they will be able to do the other things such as take the children to the doctor or attend a school event by scheduling their work schedule around that time.
In today’s economy, single mothers have an even more difficult time with their finances. Because so many more educated, more qualified people are available in the workforce, employers are looking to hire those people instead of a single mother who may not have a college degree. Programs are available to help single mothers with their finances, provide loans to help cover expenses, and grants to help them go back to school should they choose to do so.
Single moms have a difficult time obtaining personal loans for the simple fact that there is only one income in the household. Because of this, many times banks will decline a loan for a single mother, citing a high debt to income ratio as the reason. Another hurdle for single mothers to overcome is a credit rating. Many times, unfortunately, they have a low credit score. It is not because they have not tried to keep their score positive, but in many cases there are far too many debts and never enough income.
Personal loans are possible to obtain. Many must use a co-signer to get the loan, having a family member guarantee that should the single mother be unable to make the payment that they will pay it for them. Secured loans are the easiest for a single mother to obtain with a guarantor. Remember, each payment made on time will be a positive mark on your credit report, driving your score up. So the next time you find yourself requiring a loan it may be easier as your credit score improves.
A single mother wishing to return to school will run into the problem of not enough federal grant monies to cover the cost of tuition and books. Student loans are an option, but should be used carefully. It is very easy to get very deep in debt without realizing it with student loans. Doing an internet search for grants can prove very frustrating for anyone. For a single mother, it is even more difficult.
Programs are available for single mothers. Before you borrow, make sure you will have the ability to pay it back without risking other things such a car payment, rent payment and the like. Also do not borrow more than you need. Many times lending officers will attempt to push the dollar amount up and get one to take more than they originally asked for. This is because the banks make more money when you borrow more money. Don’t be fooled into accepting. You may cause yourself more problems later than you solve today.
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