By Sara Weissman

She emphasized that this isn’t just a social issue but an educational one. The report cites data from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research that found only 37% of all student parents complete a degree within six years, compared to 59% of their peers without children.


Citing data from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, the report highlights that for every dollar a single mother spends on a bachelor’s degree, she receives a return of $7.77, and $12.32 for an associate’s degree. Meanwhile, single mothers with college degrees contribute between $71,400 and $220,000 to the federal and state tax base over their lifetimes. Single parents make up a majority of student parents.

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