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College students who are also parents of young children have far fewer hours to study, a new report from Borough of Manhattan Community College shows.
After paid work, childcare and other responsibilities, a college student with preschool-aged children has, on average, about 10 hours left per day to sleep, eat, relax and complete schoolwork.
On-campus child care can help student parents manage college costs.
Disparity of available care could further widen the college-degree divide by race and income, experts say.
How changes to federal financial aid policies would likely improve their plight.
There are nearly 2.1 million single mothers in college today, many of whom are women of color.
More than one-quarter of American undergraduates have children, but on-campus childcare is hard to find.
Parenting is a challenge. So is earning a college degree. Doing both at the same time can be daunting.