Bridging the Gap Between Student Parents and Public Benefits

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With almost 7 in 10 student parents living below 200 percent of federal poverty levels—and only 1 in 4 student parents earning a degree within 6 years at 4-year institutions—it is critical to connect these students to a broad array of financial resources that support their success and wellbeing.

Student parents are a large and growing population. Data shows that over one in four undergraduate students (26 percent) are currently raising dependent children. Between 1995 and 2011, the overall population of student parents increased by nearly 50 percent.

The vast majority of student parents are mothers; of that population, a significant portion are women of color. Many of these students are also single parents.

With few personal resources available, public benefits are imperative to student parents’ financial stability.

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Bridging the Gap Between Student Parents and Public Benefits


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