Student Parents Support Network

Supporting students with dependent children in college & university study

Student parents, researchers, and student services personnel advocating for student parent research and supports.


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Interesting Link for Student Parents - Posted May 5th, 2014

In searching for some resources for student parents, I found this webpage:

Practical Tips for Student Parents

Be sure to check out the rest of the site as it has some very interesting and relevant content.

Welcome to the Student Parents Support Network!

Greetings and welcome! This space is for connecting with one another – for student parents, researchers, and student services personnel – and for advocating for student parent research and supports. Student parents, please post about the joys and challenges of being a student parents and share your tips and hints for success. Researchers, please talk about your research projects, questions you might have in developing or doing research in this area, seek out collaborations, and share your results. Student services personnel, please share innovative practices and programs and solicit advice about how to meet the needs of student parents at your institutions.

With your input this initiative will grow. It is my hope that this network will contribute to an enhanced awareness of the needs of student parents, more research into how to support student parents’ success, and ultimately an increased number of (evidence-based!) supports for student parents being offered by both institutions and governments.

At the same time, it has been my experience that student parents often feel alone on their respective campuses. I strongly believe that finding out that there are other student parents and having the opportunity to share experiences, frustrations, and ideas can act as a great support to student parents’ success. So I hope that this site can provide this type of support as well.

Please invite new members who might be interested in participating. Membership for this site is open so that anyone who is interested can be invited or sign up; however, please note that new members have to be approved so that we don’t have a spam issue on the site.


Mums Who Study - blog

Here's a new blog written by a student parent (she also has a Facebook page and is on Twitter): link to Mums Who…Continue

Started by Tricia van Rhijn in Sample Title Sep 14, 2014.

Student-Parents in Secondary Education 1 Reply

I know this site is specifically about post-secondary education, however there was an interesting item on the CBC website about a US high school's yearbook featuring a two-page spread on their…Continue

Started by Tracey Szarka in Sample Title. Last reply by Tricia van Rhijn May 27, 2014.

Tips/Words of Advice? 1 Reply

Hello Everyone!My name is Vanessa Santana and I am a graduate student in Student Affairs in Higher Education, and I am interested in improving support and services available to non-traditional…Continue

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Started by Vanessa Santana in Sample Title. Last reply by Maria Eugenia Jardim Nov 11, 2013.

Toronto Star article

Recent article in the Toronto Star about student parents -…Continue

Started by Tricia van Rhijn in Sample Title Apr 16, 2013.


Blog Posts

How do student parents define success in their lives?

I'm in the writing stages for my dissertation and this is one of my research questions. I have responses from almost 400 student parents and have analysed them. As a bonus, I decided to create a Wordle to see if my…


Posted by Tricia van Rhijn on May 23, 2012 at 8:30pm

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