The Invisible Students on Campus
Nicole Lynn Lewis, Washington Monthly
The barriers to college completion for student-parents are formidable. Fewer than two percent of teen mothers earn their college degrees before the age of 30. Studies show that student-parents are 10 times less likely to complete their bachelor’s degree in five years, despite this group having higher GPAs, on average, than their non-parenting peers.
That’s because, on many college campuses, student-parents are a largely invisible population. Nicole Lynn Lewis knows this experience firsthand. That's why she created Generation Hope, a nonprofit that provides interventions and supports to promote timely degree completion for student-parents.