For-Profits Target Single Mothers

Student parents are often motivated to attend college out of a desire to create a better life for themselves and their families. But many single mothers in college may be at risk of spending a lot of money on their schooling with little payoff, new research indicates.

About 30% of single mothers in college attend for-profit schools, according to an analysis of government data from the 2011-2012 academic year released Thursday by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, a think tank focused on women’s economic issues.

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