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ERIC Number: ED556709
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jul
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
The Pregnancy Assistance Fund as a Support for Student Parents in Postsecondary Education. Fact Sheet #C398
Gunn-Wright, Rhiana
Institute for Women's Policy Research
Pregnancy and parenting can pose special challenges to students enrolled in secondary and postsecondary education, including issues related to child care, financial aid, transportation, and academic and career planning. In some circumstances, the responsibilities related to pregnancy and parenting can undermine students' ability to pursue and complete their educational goals, particularly among students enrolled in community college and other two-year institutions. Only 40 percent of students with dependent children--across all institution types--completed a degree or certificate within six years of enrolling, compared to 54 percent of student who did not have children (Miller, Gault, and Thorman, 2011). Yet, despite the significant challenges many student parents face, few federal programs exist to provide supports to help these student parents succeed in postsecondary education. The Pregnancy Assistance Fund (PAF) is a competitive grant program created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that provides funding to states and tribes to support programs that provide pregnant and parenting women and girls with supportive services to help them complete high school or postsecondary degrees (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 2010a). Only two states, Minnesota and Virginia, have used their PAF grants to provide services related to postsecondary institutions. This fact sheet describes several of the programs and initiatives created by these PAF grantees. Unless otherwise noted, all program information comes from interviews with program officials and staff.
Institute for Women's Policy Research. 1200 18th Street NW, Suite 301, Washington, DC 20036. Tel: 202-833-4362; Fax: 202-785-5100; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Annie E. Casey Foundation
Authoring Institution: Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR)
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota; Virginia