Higher education is essential to accessing high-demand jobs with family-supporting wages and improving family financial well-being. This was true before the COVID-19 pandemic and is especially true now as the nation continues the process of recovering from one of the worst public health, economic, and social crises in modern U.S. history. Early evidence suggests that the pandemic exacerbated barriers faced by student parents, affecting their college plans.
IWPR’s new brief, Supporting Student Parent Recovery through State Policy: Lessons from Georgia, Texas, and Washington State examines what states can do to help student parents as they pursue their academic careers post-pandemic.
Key highlights include: