Make College Affordable for Students Who Are Parents

Nearly 4 million college students – 1 in 5 nationally – are also parents.

Between taking classes and preparing for exams, they’re changing diapers, making lunches, and helping their 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 their success.

While about half of students complete college, only 1 in 10 student parents earns a college degree.

It turns out this is a serious racial equity issue.

Student parents 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.

One likely barrier to student parent success: the high cost of college and a lack of affordable child care.

Just how affordable – or unaffordable – are public colleges and universities for students who are raising children while pursuing education beyond high school?

A new project by The Education Trust – with support from Imaginable Futures, and in partnership with Generation Hope – aims to find out.

Are you a college student who is also a parent? Share your experience through the survey below.

Interested in learning more? Sign up to be the first to receive our new report, which will examine college affordability for student parents at two- and four-year public colleges in every state.

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.

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