The thought of simultaneously raising children and earning a college degree may seem like an impossible undertaking. With the pandemic shifting the way colleges and universities are approaching the balance between work, life, and education, there are tons of schools with programs dedicated to student parent success. If attending college is a dream of yours, check out these colleges with services to support you and your little ones!
At Wilson College, the Single Parent Scholar Program offers on-campus housing to single parents with children (between 20 months and 12 years of age). Since the Fall 2020 semester, students accepted to the Single Parent Scholar Program will no longer pay for on-campus housing. While parents are studying and taking classes, the school also has an on-campus childcare center offered to children 20 months to 5 years old. This environment allows student parents to care for their children and pursue their academic dreams at the same time.
St. Catherine’s University
The Access and Success program at St. Catherine’s University connects student parents to the resources they need. From grants and scholarships to on-campus babysitters to child friendly study spaces, St. Catherine’s campus is equipped for students raising children of all ages
At Endicott College, the Keys to Degrees program is intended for young single parents ages 18 to 24. Their prime goal is to help single parents thrive in their studies and provide a full array of services from family friendly housing on-campus to scholarship support.
College of Saint Mary
College of Saint Mary makes it a priority to make campus life easy for student parents through their Single Parent Success Program. They offer suite style living for families in Madonna Hall complete with complimentary laundry services, kitchens, and lounge areas. Conveniently, this college also has the Spellman Child Development Center right on campus.
Texas Woman’s University
The SPARK (Student Pioneers Also Raising Kids) program at Texas Woman’s University offers all kinds of options to parents pursuing their education. This school offers lactation rooms, Child Care Assistance (CCA), and an after school program for kids 5 and up known as the Club House.
University of Massachusetts
The University Without Walls (UWW) program is meant for non-traditional students, including families. This program is offered at a reduced rate on-campus, off-campus, and online to maintain a level of flexibility for the students.
At Misericordia University, they offer the Women With Children Program (WWC). Specifically, this program aims to empower economically disadvantaged single mothers by offering financial aid, housing, and childcare.
As you can see, there are plenty of schools out there with support for student parents. For more information, here is a resource listing even more schools dedicated to nontraditional students in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Earning a degree while raising children isn’t easy, and you will serve as an inspiration to the students around you. Know that you are not alone, and seeking a college degree is completely within your reach.