4.8 Million College Students are Raising Children

Barbara Gault, Ph.D., Lindsey Reichlin Cruse, M.A., Elizabeth Reynolds, Meghan Froehner

November 17, 2014
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Over a quarter (26 percent) of all undergraduate students, or 4.8 million students, are raising dependent children. Women are disproportionately likely to be balancing college and parenthood, many without the support of a spouse or partner. Women make up 71 percent of all student parents, and roughly 2 million students, or 43 percent of the total student parent population, are single mothers. Single student fathers make up 11 percent of the student parent population.