Parents in College

Parenting and going to school simultaneously is difficult to juggle. Both can be full-time jobs, and this is often overwhelming, especially for single parents. Many college parents are forced to delegate their time between parenting, academics, employment, family commitments and a host of other responsibilities.

The good news is that thousands of parents graduate from college every year with the necessary resources to provide a better life for their children. Many may do so by following some of these guidelines and suggestions.

This is not to say that this is an easy task. College parents often have to worry about child care, health insurance (especially if leaving a current job to pursue a degree), money for tuition, money for books, living expenses, etc.


There are resources in place to help you succeed

  • Stressed about finding a babysitter? Check the Children's Learning Centers
  • Get to know your peers! They could be a great support system. Center for Student Involvement
  • Save money by attending events on campus! Many are family-friendly and offered at a discounted rate to students. Campus Calendar
  • Check out the UH Distance Education Program . You may be able to take classes toward your degree online or at an off-campus teaching center.
  • See if you qualify for financial aid. You may be eligible for assistance or scholarships.
  • Stay healthy! Keep up your energy to meet all your demands. Campus Recreation and Wellness Center
  • Need health insurance? Read about options at the Student Health Center.
  • Take care of your mental health! Talk with a trained professional if you are having difficulties. Remember, it is just as important to keep your mind healthy as it your body. See our FAQ page for more information on scheduling an initial consultation appointment.

Additional resources

Single Parents In College – How to Successfully Pay for College
Parents in College