Are you a college student who’s also a parent? We want to hear from you.

Are you one of the nearly 4 million college students – 1 in 5 nationally – who is also a parent?

Between taking classes and preparing for exams, you’re changing diapers, making lunches, and helping your kids get to school – or helping them get online for virtual school.

And, overall, the U.S. higher education system doesn’t seem to be supporting your success.

While about half of students complete college, only 1 in 10 student parents earns a college degree, meaning 90 percent of parents pursuing a better education and a better life aren’t making it to graduation. WHY NOT!?!


Complete a short survey (4-6 minutes) and tell us about your experience as a student parent.


This is a serious racial equity issue.

Student parents, like yourself, are more likely than students without children to be students of color. A third of student parents are Black, and more than 20% are Latino.

We believe one likely barrier student parents are facing is the lack of affordable child care. Couple that with the high cost of attending college, and it can be almost unthinkable to even try.

Ed Trust feels like the voice of student parents is missing from the policy debate about how to solve the college affordability crisis facing our country, and it’s time that changed.

Help us better understand the impact on student parents by completing our survey and joining our study. Participants will receive an advance preview of the results of the survey and updates when there are opportunities to engage with policymakers.

This project is a partnership between The Education Trust and Generation Hope – with support from Imaginable Futures.

This project builds on earlier Ed Trust research about the “affordability gap” facing college students from low-income backgrounds. We looked at the number of hours students from the lowest income bracket need to work at state minimum wage to avoid taking out loans. For this project, we’ll do the same, but also factor in the additional cost of child care.