80% of single moms don't have the education they need to advance their careers

The question I am most often asked is:

"How exactly did you go to school as a working single mom?"

Pregnant with my first child, I was a single, full-time college student and I worked full-time.

Often 2 and 3 jobs at once.

It would have been soooo much easier at that time to drop out of school and just focus on work and being pregnant.

Problem was ... even though I changed jobs about five times when I was pregnant, my highest wage, working as an assistant manager of a restaurant, was $4.25/hour.

I knew without a degree, my future was not going to get any brighter.

It was the same when I enrolled in grad school years later.

My boss wanted to create a new position, but certification for the position required a Master's degree. Getting my Bachelor's degree was a challenge as a single mom working full-time with one child in tow, how could I do this with three busy kids and my volunteer work?

In order to be a successful mom, student, and employee, I had to create and implement a Single Mom Master Plan that met the needs of all my roles and responsibilities, and support me to parent, without missing a beat!

Let me share that plan with you!

In The Single Mom's Guide to Getting a Degree, you will learn:

  • How to discover the degree path that fills you with passion (I call it your Delicious Desires Summary™). It’s so much easier to stick with your studies when you LOVE them, right!?  [p. 20]
  • How to find and maximize all available tuition funding sources to make coughing up that cash much more manageable.  [p. 59]
  • The myths … and realities of getting a degree while working full-time and single momming. (It can indeed be done!) [p. 39]
  • Which college program best meets your needs. (It’s out there … I promise!)  [p. 33]
  • Tricks for staying motivated and on your game. (Getting a degree is a marathon, not a sprint.) [p. 39]
  • With a little planning, you can manage all the moving parts of school, work, and kids. (And you’ll read the stories of other moms who are making it work.) [p. 69]
  • To create space in your life for school by streamlining. (It’s all doable with your Single Mom Master Schedule™.) [p.127]

and so much more!


To make it all super simple for you, I've created a step-by-step workbook so you can easily walk through the entire process, keep all your information in the same place, and feel completely confident that you have every detail completed covered! 

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What they're saying...

Ever since Sara first announced she was writing a book, I’ve been waiting to read it.  Drawing from her own challenges and triumphs, Sara has gifted us with a masterful blend of practical advice, warmth, case studies, inspiration, statistics, resources, action steps, and insight. The breadth of topics in this pleasurable read includes how to: complete the FAFSA; discover one’s passion (and college major); and decide what type of financial assistance to pursue.  The Single Mom’s Guide to Getting A Degree raises the bar for all of us who aim to empower others to reach their full potential. 

Nancy Paul, founder of Three Wishes College Strategies, author of The Little Book about Scholarships, scholarship judge, consultant, and creator of The Pay Less for College Boot Camp

Sara Sherman:  cheerleader, coach, friend, advisor, guide. If you’re a single mom considering pursuing a degree, you need to read this book.  Increasing your income by advancing your education provides a good role model for your children as well as steering you on a path to a more secure retirement.  The Single Mom’s Guide to Getting a Degree is a roadmap with concrete directions in an easy-to-follow format.

 Jan Cullinane, Author

The Single Woman’s Guide to Retirement (AARP/Wiley)

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Sara Sherman’s book should be required reading for any single parent with questions or self-doubts about pursuing a college degree.  This is a practical, factual, resourceful, step-by-step presentation of how to pursue your dream and balance the demands of family with those of college coursework.  The reader will feel empowered by the knowledge found herein and motivated to get started immediately.  Great job, Sara!

Mary Ann Naso, Vice President for Enrollment

Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA