The Center Thanks Senators for Recognizing Student Parents Yet Again

Higher Learning Advocates / September 21, 2022

Student parent father working on laptop with daughter

Parenting students continue to make up almost a quarter of the undergraduate student population—almost 4 million students. They are uniquely motivated to succeed in higher education, despite facing many challenges. In fact, student parents tend to have higher grade point averages than their non-parenting peers. But, due to structural barriers and lack of support, they are 10 times less likely than students without children to complete a bachelor’s degree within five years. It is only by changing how the system serves this critical population that their likelihood of attaining a degree can increase.