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Federal watchdog: Colleges could do more to help parents pay for child care

Institutions are struggling to keep up with nontraditional learners’ needs.

In 2016, 22% of undergraduates were student-parents, and half of them were also working full-time. Juggling those competing priorities — job, education and children — can make it considerably harder for student-parents to finish college. Indeed, 52% drop out without earning degrees, compared to 32% of students without children who do the same.

Having aid to cover child care, which runs about $490 a month, can make completing college easier for student-parents, the majority of which are women and racial minorities.

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