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ERIC Number: ED556711
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 5
Housing Resources and Programs for Single Student Parents at Community and Technical Colleges. Fact Sheet #C396
Thorman, Abby; Otto, Jessica; Gunn-Wright, Rhiana
Institute for Women's Policy Research
Parents with dependent children now make up almost one in four students pursuing higher education in the United States (Miller, Gault, and Thorman 2011). Single parents face particular challenges pursuing higher education, including securing safe and affordable housing. Single mothers often must spend over half of their income on housing expenses, leaving them with less money for educational expenses and vulnerable to housing crises that can easily derail their pursuit of a degree (Bush 2010). An analysis of effective strategies to support single student parents identifies affordable housing as one of the most important factors to ensuring student success (Women Employed 2011). This fact sheet highlights a number of community-based organizations or community college campuses that offer housing and other support to single student parents pursuing postsecondary education. Information for the program descriptions was gathered either from the program's website or follow-up conversations with program staff. Recommendations for community colleges are outlined at the conclusion of this brief.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Authoring Institution: Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR)
Identifiers - Location: Maryland; Minnesota; Nebraska; Texas