Nearly four million undergraduates, or more than one in five college students, are parents of children under 18. These student parents are now coping with the closing of colleges and universities, rapid relocation from oncampus housing, transitions to remote instruction, potential or realized job losses, and child care and school closures, among other crises, as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As the effects of the pandemic reverberate throughout U.S. society, student parents’ vulnerabilities are rising to new heights, threatening their ability to keep their families healthy and secure on top of maintaining their studies remotely.
In these unprecedented times, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) is committed to communicating and addressing the unique challenges student parents are facing. IWPR has put together resources intended to ensure that student parents’ circumstances and needs are prioritized in responses to the pandemic and that they can easily access financial support that can help them meet their immediate needs.
Student Parents in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Heightened Need & the Imperative for Strengthened Support
IWPR has released a new fact sheet that articulates the challenges to student parents as a result of COVID-19 and makes recommendations for how to provide them with needed support.
The Seldin/Haring-Smith Foundation, in partnership with IWPR, has launched SwiftStudent, a new digital tool to guide college students through the process of requesting additional financial aid due to economic hardship, including that as a result of COVID-19.