For students who are parents

Access and Success




Access and Success is here for you! Whether you are a new student-parent at St. Catherine University or a current one, we can provide you with the support you need to achieve your educational goals.

Student-parents are welcome in the St. Catherine University community. One-third of all Day, Weekend College and associate-degree students share family responsibilities.

Financial assistance: Emergency loans and grant programs as well as scholarship information specifically for student-parents.

Child care: Get help locating affordable, quality child care. Find emergency child care assistance and summer camp information, too. You can also investigate our very own Early Childhood Center and Montessori Program.

Housing: Whether it's market-rate rental housing, subsidized housing, or on-campus housing, Access and Success is here to help. Student-parent housing on the St. Paul campus is offered in the Alberta Apartments. Family housing is reserved for students enrolled in St. Paul undergraduate day and weekend college programs. Minneapolis students enrolled in the associate of arts and two-year healthcare programs are also eligible. » Learn more about Residence Life

Mentor program: The By Your Side program matches single student-parents in need of additional emotional support with a volunteer mentor.

Connect with other students who have children. We offer opportunities to get to know other parents balancing similar life demands in a relaxed and caring atmosphere. 

    • Student-Parent Connection (Minneapolis campus): A weekly meeting during the noon hour provides an opportunity to meet other student-parents and hear speakers on relevant topics. At every meeting a light lunch, dessert or snack will be offered to those who attend.
    • Students Who Are Parents (SWAP) (St. Paul campus): A student club that provides peer support and social events.
    • WEC lunches: Once a month over the Saturday noon hour, student-parents gather for a free lunch along with time for informal networking or a short presentation on a variety of topics.

Mother-to-Mother: A unique leadership opportunity for student-parents to share their stories about the importance of higher education with teens who are pregnant or parenting.

Laptop loan program: Student-parents may borrow a laptop computer for up to one week to complete papers and assignments.

Lactation rooms: Quiet and private spaces with an electric breast pump are available for nursing mothers to express milk or feed their infants.

Child-friendly study spaces: These rooms are equipped with computers, a printer and study space with an adjacent playroom for your children.