Sun Devil Parent Guide
By: Turning Points Magazine
Balancing parenthood with studies and/or work can be immensely challenging and is an important topic that often goes undiscussed. As part of our mission of ensuring #NativeStudentSuccess, we asked ourselves, “How can we support ASU’s student parents?”
So we did some research and had a chat with ASU Family Resources’ Program Coordinator Maureen Duane. Here are a few things we found out:
ASU Family Resources has served students, faculty and staff for over 20 years since 1989 and is “committed to supporting families in effectively managing their family, work and educational responsibilities.” They provide information that ranges from:
Breastfeeding & Lactation Services
ASU is committed to providing nursing mothers with resources to support their breastfeeding goals. These spaces provide electrical outlets, comfy chairs and nearby running water. For campus locations, reservation information and more info on these services, visit:
Need to store milk on campus and have no access to a campus refrigerator? No problem. ASU Family Resources provides insulated coolers with ice packs. Contact Maureen Duane for more info.
Maureen Duane’s Advice for Sun Devil Parents
“As the saying goes, hope for the best and prepare for the worst. Ideally, you have your child care situation lined up prior to the start of the semester. I recommend to have several backup options as children get sick, sometimes schedules do not mesh with child care/school schedules, transportation issues come up, etc.
Make it a habit of reaching out to your professors at the start of the semester. If a face-to-face conversation is not an option, send an email regarding your family responsibilities and what your options are if there is an emergency. Their response can help create a plan that works best for you, your family and your success in their class.”
Created for ASU faculty and staff who are parents, grandparents, caregivers of children up to age 5. For flyer search WPN on www.asu.edu and more info:
Reporting child care expenses in financial aid
ASU students who have “unusual expenses” (e.g., childcare, unexpected medical, additional course costs, purchase of a computer, change of housing plans, etc.) can request a review of their expenses by submitting a Student Review form to Financial Aid and Scholarship Services.
Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholars Program
Applicants must be working toward their first college degree and is a current/entering freshman. Must meet at least one of the following eligibility criteria:
- Dependent(s) in their household
- Physical disability
- Young adult (ages 18–25 years) for their own financial support
Inquire with your tribal nation’s education department about scholarship opportunities available for student parents. If temporarily living away from the Navajo nation but pursuing college, see Quality First Navajo Nation, Arizona Off-Reservation Scholarship program.
CCAMPIS (Child Care Access Means Parents in School) Child Care Subsidy
Supports low-income, Pell-eligible undergrad student parents whose child(dren) are enrolled at ASU’s Campus Children’s Center. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education. For scholarship eligibility requirements and more info, visit:
Sun Devil Child Care Subsidy
Intended to help ASU student parents with their coursework-related child care costs and is funded by the Graduate and Professional Student Association and Undergraduate Student Governments. For scholarship eligibility requirements and more info, visit: