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As colleges, service providers, policymakers, and advocates prepare relief and recovery measures, the unique needs of students with children must be considered to ensure they are supported now and in the coming months and years, as student parent enrollment in higher education is likely to increase in response to the economic recession.
Nearly four million undergraduates, or more than one in five college students, are parents of children under 18. These student parents face—in normal times— disproportionate economic insecurity, difficulty meeting basic needs, and significant time and caregiving demands. Yet, in spite of these challenges, they are also incredibly resilient.