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    The decision to go back to school
    can be a lot like the decision to have kids.
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    Your experiences as a parent are an incredible asset as you develop your plan to complete college -- you know how to manage your time, set priorities and multitask. Start now and develop your college plan!
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    Today, almost 30,000 Oklahoma women
    are raising their families while attending college
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    "Occupations that typically need some type of postsecondary education for entry are projected
    to grow the fastest during the 2010-20 decade."
    (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Single Mother's Academic Resource Team (SMART)

The Oklahoma SMART Program is here to support single parents realize their educational dream.

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Manage your money

Learn nontraditional budgeting tips for taking control of your finances.

Check out
Oklahoma Money Matters.

Need Child Care?

Looking for child care in an area near you or seeking information on DHS subsidies?

Check out the OKDHS child care locator.

FAFSA is a FREE application.

Be wary of companies or campuses that charge a fee to assist you in completing your financial aid forms.

View the FAFSA guide.

Degrees equal more money

Someone with a bachelor’s degree earns about 50 percent more than someone with just a high school diploma.

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Helpful Features

Don’t worry about the past

The decision to go back to school can be a lot like the decision to have kids. There’s a lot of talking, thinking, dreaming and planning involved, so don’t let your past decisions influence your future. Here are a few commonly asked questions.

Transfer Student?

More than 7,500 courses transfer among Oklahoma colleges and universities. Students who anticipate transferring to other institutions can access the Course Equivalency Project table matrix to learn which institutions will automatically credit their course work as being equivalent.

Career Paths with Jobs

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, health care and social assistance sectors are projected to gain the most jobs (5.6 million), followed by professional and business services (3.8 million), and construction (1.8 million).

Why get a college degree?

According to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, almost 35 percent of college students are 25 or older—that’s 68,000 students! And what about single moms who are also college students?

Choosing the Right College

SMART identifies and advocates for pathways so that nearly 30,000 single-parent students can complete their higher education goals. SMART is collaboratively funded by the Women’s Foundation of Oklahoma, the State Regents and GEAR UP.

National Guard & GI Options

Each year thousands of moms who serve our country take advantage of the GI Bill or National Guard Tuition Waivers to enroll in college. To learn more about military and National Guard benefits, visit okhighered.org/student-vets.