Senators Carper, Moran Celebrate Successful Passage of Resolution to Recognize September as National Student Parent Month

A resolution introduced by U.S. Senators Tom Carper (D-Del.) and Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) to recognize September 2023 as National Student Parent Month passed the United States Senate yesterday. The resolution highlights the contributions and achievements of the nearly 4 million Americans with children who attend postsecondary educational institutions while also caring for their families.

“Student parents work hard every day – not only to build a better life for themselves, but also to pave the path to success for their children,” said Senator Carper. “Going to school and raising the next generation requires a great deal of energy, especially for military and veteran students. I’m proud to work with Senator Moran in leading this resolution to give the nearly 4 million student parents across our country the recognition they deserve.”

“Balancing classes and parenting requires patience and perseverance,” said Senator Moran. “This is especially true for many of our military-connected students who wear many hats – mom, dad, student, servicemember – as they work to earn a degree or professional certification while on active duty, transitioning back to civilian life, or while a spouse is deployed.”

“Higher Learning Advocates is thrilled that the Senate has passed the Student Parent Resolution designating this September the third annual National Student Parent Month,” said Julie Peller, Executive Director of Higher Learning Advocates. “One out of 5 students in college today are parents, with 51 percent of them being students of color and 43 percent being single mothers. Despite the many responsibilities they juggle, student parents excel academically, on average having a higher grade point average than their non-parenting peers. I’d like to thank Senators Moran and Carper for reintroducing this important resolution that allows us to celebrate parenting students’ achievements while also recognizing that higher education policy change would allow even more student parents to succeed.”

Full text of the resolution is available here.