Achieving the Dream Convene Stakeholders to Discuss Student Parent Report

By Sarah Wood


Achieving the Dream, an education based non-profit, hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill on Thursday alongside their national partners to discuss the newly-released report of the Government Accountability Office which focuses on student parents.

Their partners include The Aspen Institute; Center for Law and Social Policy; Hope Center for College, Community and Justice; the Institute for Women’s Policy Research and the nonprofit Rise.

Melissa Emrey-Arras, director at GAO, highlighted some of the more prominent results from the study titled, “Higher Education: More Information Could Help Student Parents Access Additional Federal Student Aid.”

She noted that in 2015-2016, an estimated 22 percent of undergraduates were parents. Among them, 55 percent were single parents, 44 percent worked full-time while enrolled in a postsecondary institution and 64 percent attended school part-time.

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