College Students with Children: National and Regional Profiles

Elizabeth Noll, Ph.D., Barbara Gault, Ph.D., Lindsey Reichlin, M.A.

January 30, 2017
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This report provides a national and regional profile of undergraduate college students who are raising dependent children. Drawing on original analysis of national postsecondary education data, it quantifies the growth in the student parent population over time, both nationally and regionally, and describes trends in student parents’ economic status, their declining access to oncampus child care across regions, and the demands on their time while enrolled, in the context of their low rates of college attainment. This report is part of a broader project on independent student success funded by the Lumina Foundation.