Rise in students raising children while in college

Posted at 9:14 AM, Sep 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-13 12:22:18-04

The typical college student is changing across the country. About one in five of them are now raising kids while they're in school according to the Department of Education.

That can make it a challenge to graduate. A new report says schools aren't giving students enough information about money to help with childcare and it may be part of the reason about half of the student parents are leaving school without a degree.

The report says some student parents could be eligible to increase their federal student loans to help pay for childcare. You can do that by asking your school to include an allowance for dependent care expenses in your financial aid calculations.

But the Government Accountability Office found schools aren't always publicizing this information.