In 2010, UW-Madison graduate student Kia Sorensen and I published a paper in the Future of Children about college access and success among single parents attending college. We utilized data from the 2008 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS) and the latest NPSAS just came out for 2012.
I notice the following trends related to this population.
The situation for single parents on college campuses nationwide has not improved much over the last several years. The Institute for Women’s Policy Research is doing important work in this area and it’s worth reading up on. We need to be concerned about the supports provided to these parents, given how much is riding on their success. In this latest data release, I’m most troubled by the indication that rates of borrowing large amounts of money for college are much higher for single parents than for other students. College has inter-generational benefits, and institutions need to be equipped to ensure they assist in that transfer.