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Grants & Scholarships for new US Permanent Resident Green Card Holders

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Hello everybody 


I arrived in the US in late 2016 on a K1 Visa. I am now a permanent resident Green Card holder, and I would like to attend classes to get a certification. I don't qualify for the Federal Pell Grant because of my husband's income, but I am qualified for student loans. Ugh!


Are there any grants or scholarships exclusive to Green Card holders or Citizens of the Philippines currently residing in the U.S.?


12 March 2012: Met Dyn at a coffee shop in Kuwait

Summer 2012: I returned home to the U.S. to prepare a way for Dyn

Fall 2014: Dyn returns home to Philippines after seven years in Kuwait


February 2014: Engaged while I visited Philippines

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February 09 2016: Dyn is presented with the Entry of Judgment and her Certificate of Finality via the local court.

February 15 2016: LCR issues annotated marriage certificate, and necessary documents are forwarded to the NSO / PSA visa LBC

April 19 2016: Received CENOMAR and Annotated MC from PSA via private courier. DONE! COMPLETE! FINISHED! OFFICIAL!


April 04 2016: I-129F sent to Texas Lockbox via USPS Priority Mail

April 12 2016: Email from USCIS acceptance confirmation

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July 12 2016: NOA2 Approval hard copy received

July 14 2016: Post Decision Activity email from USCIS

THE LONG WAIT (USCIS misplaced approved petition)

September 16 2016: NVC received approved I-129F petition and assigns case number


October 04 2016: Day 1 of medical at SLEC in Manila

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October 20 2016: Return to SLEC complete psychological evaluation with resident psychologist (less than ten minutes)

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My older three boys did not find any scholarships that were specifically for permanent resident. They did see some that were for only USC. As long as they don't say anything for USC only you should be able to find some to apply too.


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One thing to look into on funding education is the American Opportunity Tax Credit. Go to IRS.gov for a full explanation.


In brief, if you are taking education classes that result in a certification you can apply the full costs of these classes including books and other equipment (e.g. nursing scrubs) that you are required to purchase for the class, up to $2,500 per year. The credit can be used for 4 years.


Note: tax credits come directly off of taxes owed. What this means is a full reimbursement for your education expenses, assuming that they are $2,500 or less.


Of course, $2,500 doesn't get you too far in most education institutions, but if you're doing a certification program at a community college, as my wife did, it does fit for the budget conscious student. When I first discovered this I thought it was too good to be true. But it was indeed true. We file as married filing jointly so the $2,500 came right off the top of the taxes paid by our joint income. And also note, if your education is expensive, e.g. $10k per year, you're still saving 25% of the cost with this credit.


By the way, the AOTC applies to USC's and LPR's. Don't let anyone tell you differently.


Good luck!

Edited by Russ&Caro

Marriage: 2014-02-23               ROC interview/completed: 2018-08-16 - Albuquerque
CR1 started : 2014-06-06           N400 started: 2018-04-24
CR1 completed/POE : 2015-07-13     N400 interview: 2018-08-16 - Albuquerque
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