College help overlooks single moms

Dear Editor:

Many low-income single mothers in the United States lack the opportunity to succeed in college. When compared with someone with no postsecondary education, an individual with higher education usually gets many great opportunities and earns more throughout their lifetime. Low-income single mothers struggle to succeed in college because they must juggle attending classes, balancing their course work, child care, and job.

Though there are plenty of private and federal scholarships and grants for students in this demographic, this aid only covers educational expenses. They tend to overlook major expenses for a single mother such as child care, monthly rent, transportation costs and food. Investing in our lower class is extremely important because it will affect a mother and her children's well-being. There is a positive correlation between higher levels of education and higher earnings. The more schooling obtained also correlates with higher incomes in the future. Furthermore, individuals who receive schooling tend to have skills that can easily be applied to different work settings which results in more work options in changing times.


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According to a study done in 2005, Adriane Williams, Research Associate with the Educational Policy Institute claims that low-income single women struggle with other barriers that come in the way of their education. One of the many hardships is balancing work life with college. According to a 2010 study done by Sara Goldrick, an assistant professor of Educational Policy Studies and Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, more than one third of low-income mothers spend thirty or more hours each week working for pay, while another 17 percent devote 21 to 30 hours to their jobs.

There is a call for action to U.S. policy makers to fix this broken gap in our educational system. Investing more money for single low-income mothers to improve their chances of succeeding in college is urgent and necessary. Contributing more money to programs for single low-income mothers will not only fix the broken gap within our college education system, but will also dramatically decrease the money spent on welfare service programs because these women will be more independent in the future.

Karan Arora

Antioch

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