PA Awards $1.7 Million To 12 Colleges And Universities To Support Students with Kids

The Pennsylvania Department of Education announced that it has awarded $1.7 million in grant funding to 12 colleges and universities across the Commonwealth to help fund scholarships and programming for undergraduate students with children.

“Pennsylvania is committed to breaking down barriers to higher education, and that is especially true for students who are earning a degree while also raising a family,” said Secretary of Education Dr. Khalid N. Mumin. “By addressing the significant burdens of parenting students, the Parent Pathways Grant Program will empower these learners and their families to chart their own course and succeed.”

The following institutions received Parent Pathways Grants:

Allegheny County

  • Carlow University, $150,000
  • Community College of Allegheny County, $150,000

Chester County

  • Immaculata University, $95,268
  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania, $150,000

Delaware County

  • Pennsylvania Institute of Technology, $150,000

Indiana County

  • Indiana University of Pennsylvania – Main, $149,998

Lackawanna County

  • Lackawanna College, $150,000

Lancaster County

  • Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, $150,000

Montgomery County

  • Montgomery County Community College – Main, $149,968

Philadelphia County

  • Holy Family University, $107,000
  • Peirce College, $150,000

Westmoreland County

  • Seton Hall University, $150,000

The Parent Pathways Grant Program offers institutions the opportunity to apply for competitive funding:

  • To expand parent programming, resources, and supports or to implement parent programming, resources, and supports. Funding can be used, but is not limited to, wrap-around services for students, expansion of childcare facilities, staffing salary support for parent navigators, transportation supports, and other expansion of work already being accomplished on campus.
  • For scholarships covering tuition, fees, housing, meals, books, childcare, etc.
  • For the use of stipends/emergency funding up to a maximum amount as determined by the institution.

Studies indicate that one in five undergraduate college students is balancing the responsibilities of raising children while pursuing a postsecondary education, and nearly half of them do not earn a degree. Parenting students bear significant burdens and need additional support to navigate through their academic program successfully, and the Parent Pathways Grant Program provides funding to institutions to directly support the persistence of these students in the form of tuition assistance, emergency funding, and wrap-around services.