Federal Grants for Senior Citizens

Federal grants exist to deal with many of the issues that face our nation’s senior citizens. There are grants for housing for senior citizens, and even education grants for senior citizens. For information on grants for senior citizens, start with a listing of federal grants for senior citizens on FederalGrantsWire – their main page is http://www.federalgrantswire.com/ and federal grants for senior citizens specifically can be found at http://www.federalgrantswire.com/senior-citizens-federal-grants.html .

Some of the federal grants available provide funding for specific senior issues such as:

  • The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)

  • The Telemarketing Fraud Against Senior Citizens program

  • The Senior Companion Program

  • Tax Counseling for the Elderly program

  • Weatherization Assistance program

Another source to find grants is www.grants.gov which lists all grants available. You will need to perform a search to find those that apply to senior citizens.

The Administration on Aging (AOA), part of the Department of Health and Human Services is an agency that deals with elderly issues. Their website, http://www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/Index.aspx, includes links to the various programs funded by the Older Americans Act. They have been serving the needs of our elderly for over 35 years with programs such as:

  • Elder Rights Protection

  • Health, Prevention, and Wellness Programs

  • Home & Community Based Long-Term Care

  • Special Projects such as Medicare Outreach

It is never too late to get an education – whether as a senior finding themselves with too much extra time after retiring or wanting to come out of retirement with a new career – senior citizens going to college is growing trend. You may think scholarships are just for your grandchildren, but guess again. You, too, can get assistance with tuition. Furthermore, you may be able to attend without even needing assistance. Many colleges and universities will either waive tuition for seniors or allow them to audit classes at no charge. However, you still have to pay for your books and possibly other fees such as activity fees. Some states have laws or programs that provide for tuition exemptions or tuition reductions for seniors. For example,

  • Texas. Texas has a Senior Citizen, 55 or Older, Tuition Reduction Program for attending a Texas public college or university.

  • South Carolina. South Carolina law provides tuition exemption for residents 60 and older to take classes at state colleges.

  • Delaware. The University of Delaware offers a Higher Education for Senior Citizens program.

  • Georgia. Age 62 and older may enroll in any state college or university for free.

Thus, for those seniors willing to do some research and put in a bit of extra effort those “Golden Years” can be made even more golden!

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