Clinton Pushes Aid for College Students Who Are Parents

August 17, 2015

Hillary Clinton on Friday outlined some of the details to her plan for the federal government to do more to support students working to get undergraduate degrees while also raising children.

The proposals are part of Clinton’s $350 billion college affordability plan and would involve boosting a federal-state matching grant program for campus child care centers and creating a new grant program for student parents. Her plan would increase spending on the Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program from $15 million to $250 million. That would create 250,000 child care spaces for student parents, according to her campaign.

In addition, Clinton is calling for a new federal program that award grants of up to $1,500 per year to help parents pay for things like transportation and child care costs while they attend college. Her campaign says the program would award grants to as many as one million student parents, who would have to maintain a 2.5 grade point average to remain eligible.

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