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Strategies and Innovations that Support Student Parents: Provide Financial Supports Responsive to Parents


A lack of financial resources has long been cited as a barrier to furthering and completing postsecondary education for all students. For students who are parents, however, awareness of and access to financial supports could mean the difference between stopping school to work or continuing their studies.

Strategies and Innovations that Support Student Parents: Create a Family Friendly Campus


Investment in resources that improve the experience of students who are parents will improve the college experience for all students.

Strategies and Innovations that Support Student Parents: Leverage State and Federal Policy Opportunities


Many of the constraints that impact the success of students who are parents and the institutions that serve them are the result of state and federal policies and priorities. However, policies at the state and local level can also be opportunities to leverage additional support for parents. Specific policy guidance, modifications, or implementation at the…

Strategies and Innovations that Support Student Parents: Confirm Parenting Status and Assess Barriers to Completion


Student parents are on every postsecondary campus across the country – in-person and online – but are rendered invisible by current data practices. Institutions must first identify the population of need, determine the appropriate next steps, and use this report as a guide for potential interventions.

Strategies and Innovations that Support Student Parents: Add High-Quality Non-Degree Pathways for Parents


Parents who want to improve their economic opportunity through education often encounter scheduling conflicts, child care challenges, and other major obstacles that high-quality, non-degree programs can help them overcome. Access to more flexible pathways creates opportunities for parents to develop the skills needed to participate in the workforce and obtain economic security while recognizing and…

Strategies and Innovations that Support Student Parents: Create Networks for Parents to Eliminate Social Stigma


Students who are parents need access to networks to create social capital and to achieve their goals, such as completion of a postsecondary credential and ensuring access to the job market after graduation.