As a new parent and student you have many new responsibilities. This resource page is here to help you navigate the resources available to you as a student-parent.
Contrary to popular myth, it is far from necessary to "drop out" of college when you start a family. As an expecting parent there are many options for you:
There are specific requirements for part time and leave of absence eligibility and documentation is required, but please know there is an established support network here for you.
**Academic, housing and financial aid Leave of absence policies differ for undergraduates and graduates please review the full policies before you make a choice.
Check the campus affiliated housing tab on the right side of this page for details about the advantages of campus housing for families.
Contact group leader Samuel Park at (858)-534-0249 regarding the Student-Parent Support Group or Contact CAPS at to schedule an individual appointment at (858) 534-3755.
Once you become a parent you are considered an "independent" student for financial aid purposes. This means you may qualify for more tution assistance than you currently have if you have been classified as a "dependent" student.
According to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) procedures you may include "an unborn child that will be born before the end of the award year" on your FAFSA application.
The above text is cited from Question # 50, FAFSA Q&A: "Do you have children who receive more than half of their support from you between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012? ―Support includes money, gifts, loans, housing, food, clothes, car payments or expenses, medical and dental care, and payment of school costs. An applicant whose unborn child will be born before the end of the award year (June 30, 2012) may answer ―Yes‖ if the child will receive more than half of his or her support from you throughout the award year. Note that the support is the issue here; it does not matter whether the child lives with you or not."
As a student who is pregnant you may be eligible for the following state and federal programs:
Information below is quoted directly from the links provided for each program as an informational resource for UCSD student-parents. Please refer to each individual agency for application procedures and eligibility.
"The CalWorks program provides temporary financial assistance and employment focused services to families with minor children who have income and property below State maximum limits for their family size."
"The CalFresh program helps to improve the health and well-being of qualified households and individuals by providing them a means to meet their nutritional needs."
If you receive UCSD Student Health Insurance you are covered during your pregnancy. Please refer directly student health services for further details.
Many student-parents at UCSD take advantage of the California State health insurance and nutrition assistance programs in order to meet their family's health insurance and nutrition needs. Depending on your level of income, Medi-Cal, Healthy Families or AIM may provide a good option for you and your family if the UCSD Voluntary Dependent Health Care Coverage program is not the optimal choice for your family.
The program descriptions below are quoted directly from each individual agency. This information is provided as a supplemental resource for student-parents. Please refer directly to each agency for program details, application procedures and program eligibility.*
*For questions related to providing UCSD documentation during your health insurance application process, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are an undergraduate with medical documentation of pregnancy, you may be eligble to participate in the pilot undergraduate priority enrollment program. Contact email@example.com for details.
If you are a resident of UCSD Affiliated Housing you may use the family friendly study lounge. If you are not a resident and would like access to this lounge, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.