Considerations for Postsecondary Data on Student Parenting Status
March 23, 2023
At least 5.4 million postsecondary students are parents. Student parents have great assets and motivation, but they graduate at lower rates than non-parenting students and would benefit from additional supports to improve their opportunities to achieve education and life goals. This report proposes a new definition for the field: A parenting student is someone who is enrolled in any level of education or training and is concurrently responsible for (or imminently will be responsible for) providing for a child of any age. They may be biological parents, stepparents, adoptive parents, foster parents, unmarried partners in a relationship, grandparents, extended family or siblings.