OPFS Survey Results: Single Parents and Further Education (2015)

Single parents have a lower level of qualifications than the general population. Why are so few single parents entering education?

Our survey into single parents and further education threw up a few surprises.

Childcare problems around studying appear to be practical, not financial, and the financial worries of prospective students were not experienced by those already studying.

These findings all indicate that there is a real need to get information to single parents regarding practical and financial support.

“Single parents are not getting the information they need in order to consider education as an option. They need to contact Student Support Services, at colleges and universities, or the Lone Parent Helpline to find out what financial and practical support is available.”
– Janice Turner, Student Funding Officer, West Lothian College.

Read the Further Education (2015) survey results (PDF) >

Further information:

If you would like information on benefit entitlement and financial support while studying:

Read our Further Education and Training factsheet >

Read our Funding for Higher Education factsheet >


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