Single Mothers in College
Growing Enrollment, Financial Challenges, and the Benefits of Attainment
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.