A Portrait of California Community College Students with Dependent Children
UC Davis researchers assembled a unique statewide data set that
captures the most comprehensive portrait yet of California
college and university students who are parenting and who applied
for financial aid. The vast majority of these student parents
(72%) intended to enroll in the California Community Colleges,
where 1 in 10 students who sought financial aid are parents.
A Portrait of Student Parents in the California Community
Colleges: A New Analysis of Financial Aid Seekers with
Dependent Children includes details about how student
parents differ from their non-parenting peers in their
demographics, their course taking patterns, and their performance
and degree completion. Download
A companion brief by scholars from USC, UCLA and
Long Beach City College, Like a Juggler: The Experiences
of Racially Minoritized Student Parents in a California Community
College, vividly details the experience of student
parents of color at an anonymized community college.
Both briefs seek to build broader understanding of the challenges
student parents face as they work toward greater economic
security for themselves and their families. They are acting upon
what research affirms: Educational attainment is the strongest
predictor of their own prosperity, and that of their children.