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- Low-income student parents must work an average of at least 50 hours per week at minimum wage to cover both daycare and tuition costs.
- The number of hours was calculated after applying subsidies, scholarships and 10 hours of minimum wage work.
- The researchers found that student-parents are disproportionately single, students of color, and from low-income backgrounds.
Childcare costs and soaring tuition fees at US public colleges and universities have proven especially onerous for students with children, leaving many with little choice but to work overtime.
Low-income student parents must work at least 50 hours on average per week at minimum wage – after taking into account subsidies, scholarships and ten hours of work at minimum wage – to cover both child care and childcare costs. tuition fees, according to a new report from The Education Trust and Generation Hope.
The researchers found that student-parents are disproportionately single, students of color, and from low-income backgrounds.
Tuition at public four-year colleges has risen 28% since 2008, with the cost, including room and board and other supplies, topping $25,000 a year.
But student-parents’ out-of-pocket costs are still two to five times higher than their childless peers, as student-parents face childcare costs that can exceed $7,500 a year per child, according to estimates. of California Competes.
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“This report provides real data to reinforce the fact that student parents not only face more barriers than other students when it comes to obtaining a post-secondary degree, but also barriers financial institutions,” said Nicole Lynn Lewis, Founder and CEO of Generation Hope. Press release.
“Our hope is that policymakers and education officials will use these findings to provide more funding and access to existing resources for this deserving student population.”
Several federal solutions to the affordability crisis proposed by the authors include doubling the Pell Grants, raising the minimum wage to $20 an hour, and increasing funding for early childhood programs.
Posted on August 19, 2022