Thirty-eight governors raised the topic of higher education spending during their state-of-the-state addresses. Collectively, they are calling for billions of dollars in increases over the next five years.
The rhetoric around funding higher education has previously been about creating opportunity. Now, much of the new money for public colleges and universities is being aimed explicitly at training students for fields in which there are shortages of labor.
About 4.8 million undergraduate students in the United States are parents. Like so many parents, one of the most significant hurdles that student-parents face is affording adequate child care.
While hundreds of colleges offer on-campus care, securing a spot is no easy feat, nor is it always more affordable than off-campus care. One estimate shows that current on-campus child-care centers only meet the needs of 5 percent of student-parents.