We may think of all college students as Millennials with partying on their minds more than studying, but new research finds that more and more folks in college are actually juggling both studying and parenting.
A new report by the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) finds that over than a million more college students are raising children now than in 2004, which is a 30% increase over the last decade. Overall, nearly half of black women undergraduates are juggling both school and parenting, while only 29% of white women and 25% of black men are doing the same. Most student parents go to community colleges, although there was a 138% increase in parents going to for-profit schools between the years of 2004 and 2012.
And student parents aren’t just juggling kids and school, they are most likely working as well. In fact, 46% of student parents are likely to work 30 hours a week as compared to 21% of dependent students. And many of them need those jobs to pay for school, with 61% of student parents having no money to contribute to college.