One-in-four Texas students enrolled in post-secondary education is also a parent. These student parents are dedicated to creating stronger futures for themselves and their children but face barriers to completing their education. Most are enrolled in community colleges, are women raising children alone, lack access to basic needs such as health care and child care, and are working while pursuing their education.
We sought to understand, first-hand, the lived experience of young adult student parents, particularly on how they access health care and other supports while attending school. This report explores critical challenges student parents face in college completion, presents key findings gleaned from research with student parents, and provides recommendations for improvements based on the suggestions and concerns voiced by student parents.