There’s something different about Vin-zl Vicente’s college graduation photos. Like any other graduate, Vicente appears proud and smiling. But she isn’t alone: Her 6-year-old daughter, Vianca Vienz, is right by her side.

Some 4.8 million U.S. college students — or more than a quarter of all undergraduates — were raising children in 2014, according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Of those student parents, the overwhelming majority — 71 percent — were women. And 43 percent — roughly 2 million — were single mothers.

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