The Center Urges Congress to Keep Student Parents in Schools

Higher Learning Advocates / January 31, 2022

This historic moment demands a historic investment in student parents and their children. The COVID-19 crisis has put into stark relief the challenges student parents-many of whom are also working parents-face balancing child care, academics, one job or several jobs, and precarious finances, even before the pandemic. Recent data from the 2020 Gallup-Lumina Student Study demonstrate that student parents have been more likely to cancel or pause their educational journeys in the last six months than students without children. Increasing CCAMPIS funding to $500 million in the Labor-HHS-ED appropriations bill would ensure that roughly 100,000 more parenting college students receive the child care assistance they need to continue their educational journeys and be successful in college.