Attending school as a single parent can be difficult. Juggling schoolwork along with parental duties without any additional support may lead to students leaving college without completing their degrees. If you are a young single parent with small children, be aware that many schools recognize this problem and may provide you additional help.
- Saint Paul’s CollegeLocated in Lawrenceville, Va., Saint Paul’s College is a private Christian educational institution which emphasizes objectivity, integrity, scholarship, resourcefulness and responsible citizenship. Saint Paul’s College also offers the Single Parent Support System, or SPSS, for qualifying single parents. Designed for single parents with two or fewer children between the ages of two months and nine years, SPSS is an educational program for on-campus residential students, which provides faculty mentoring, tutoring and counseling services, educational seminars and childcare. To qualify, students must attend school on a year-round and full-time basis, have a projected graduation date of three to four years and maintain a 2.5 GPA each year.
- Baldwin-Wallace CollegeBaldwin-Wallace College, located in Berea, Ohio, is a private, Methodist-related, liberal arts college which provides students with learning and career preparation. Baldwin-Wallace College also offers SPROUT, or the Single Parents Reaching Out For Unassisted Tomorrows. SPROUT is a comprehensive program for residential single parents between the ages of 18 and 23. There are several components to the SPROUT program including housing, childcare, personal development, academic concerns and financial aid, all designed to break the cycle of single parents dropping out of college due to difficulty of pursuing an education while being single parents. For more information click here.
- Endicott CollegeFounded in 1939 for the purpose of educating women for enhanced positions in the workplace, Endicott College, located in Beverly, Mass., is a progressive institution with a mission of instilling an understanding and appreciation for liberal and professional studies in students. The Keys to Degrees: Educating Two Generations Together program provides single parents between the ages of 18 and 24 with the opportunity to pursue a baccalaureate degree in a supportive environment. Students enrolled in the program benefit with full support services, such as childcare and campus housing. For more information click here.
- Wilson College located in Chambersburg, Pa., is an independent college with a commitment to encourage student growth, human stewardship and ethical leadership. Designed for single mothers with children older than 20 months, the Women With Children Program at Wilson College offers students an education and the opportunity for a self-sufficient life. Students enrolled in the program receive year-round on-campus residential housing and other services such as child care, academic support and counseling. For more information click here.