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Single Mothers in College

Growing Enrollment, Financial Challenges, and the Benefits of Attainment

Posted: September 26, 2017
Authors: Melanie Kruvelis, Lindsey Reichlin Cruse, Barbara Gault
Organizations: Institute for Women’s Policy Research

Nearly 2.1 million students, or 11 percent of all undergraduates, are single mothers, the majority of whom are women of color. Close to half, or 44 percent, attend community college. Of those attending community college, 43 percent say that they are likely to drop out because of financial obstacles and struggles to balance caring for their family with school obligations, says this report from Institute for Women’s Policy Research. The study also provides suggestions to promote single mothers’ college success and degree completion.

Single Mothers in College