New Brief Looks at Challenges Faced by College Students Who Are Parents

May 8, 2019

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Title: Parents in College By the Numbers

Authors: Lindsey Reichlin Cruse, Tessa Holtzman, Barbara Gault, David Croom, Portia Polk

Source: Institute for Women’s Policy Research

A recent report by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research identifies the realities of parents who are pursuing a postsecondary education.

Findings reveal that about one in five, or 3.8 million students are raising children while enrolled in college. Of these, about 1.7 million are single mothers. Findings also show that student parents are more likely to be people of color, attend two-year institutions, have young children, take on larger debt burdens, and have higher GPAs than their non-parent peers.

Click here to read the full report.

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