The silent population: Student parents face barriers to academic success

Thursday, May 13, 2021
Illinois Newsroom

For years, “traditional college students” have been considered 18- to 21-year-old recent high school graduates whose main responsibility is homework. But that narrative has been changing. More than one in five college students are student parents, according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR). Nationally, student parents make up 26% of the total undergraduate student population, and half of those parents are single parents.

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