As a parent, managing the demands of their school life, your school life, and family life can feel like a constant juggling act. No matter your role, whether you're a working parent, a stay-at-home mom or dad, or playing the role of both parents, you have a multitude of responsibilities. Because of this, the idea of effectively balancing work and school can seem intimidating or even impossible, but it doesn’t have to be!
Many educational institutions, including Herzing University, understand the importance of supporting parents during their own educational journey. There are many valuable tools and supportive people available to help you along the way. By utilizing these resources, you can navigate your educational journey more effectively while still being the best parent you can be.
1. Academic Support
One of the key resources for parents pursuing an education at Herzing University is the availability of our robust academic support services. These services are invaluable in helping you excel in your coursework. At Herzing, you will have access to numerous resources including:
- Assigned advisor to provide individualized support
- Provide assistance with requesting disability accommodations
- Access to free 24/7 Counseling and support services through Ulifeline
- Tutoring 24/7 through the Knack platform
Whether you need help with understanding a complex concept, assistance with writing and research, or additional online resources to supplement your studies, Herzing University has you covered.
2. Flexible Learning Options
One of the major challenges for parents is finding time for classwork amidst their family responsibilities. Herzing University recognizes that school is one of many priorities for parents, and in response offers flexible learning options, such as online classes and evening courses. These options allow you to create a schedule that suits your needs and commitments. We also offer flexible scheduling for your clock hours each semester.
Balancing coursework and family life requires effective time management and organizational skills. Herzing University provides tools and resources to help you create a study schedule, use productivity apps and seek advice from academic advisors to ensure you make the most of your time.
3. Financial Aid and Scholarships
The financial aspect of education can be daunting for parents, but Herzing University provides financial aid and scholarship opportunities that can significantly ease this burden. These options can make higher education more accessible and affordable for parents who are considering a return to school.
Herzing University, like many institutions, understands the challenge of finding reliable childcare while attending classes. The Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) grant is a federal program with the U.S. Department of Education that assists parents with the cost of keeping their children enrolled in a quality childcare center. By offering this grant, Herzing University hopes to make it easier for parents to balance their educational and family needs.
And let’s not forget the work you put into to ensure your child’s own educational success. If you are a parent with a child in college, there are options for you to assist in paying for your child's education. You may consider Federal Parent PLUS loans are a viable option. Parent PLUS loans are not awarded based on the student's financial need but are only awarded if the parent applies.
4. Supportive Community
Throughout this entire educational journey, remember that you are not alone. There are plenty of people who are equipped to support you in your journey. At Herzing, we understand the unique challenges you face, as well as the difference that a strong support network can have in your experience. That’s why we encourage students to take advantage of this network and to engage with community members around them.
Your instructors are a significant part of your support community. It's essential to establish open communication with your instructors. At Herzing University, your instructors are approachable and supportive. Don't hesitate to reach out to them with questions or concerns, they want to see you succeed!
As you look out for others, don’t forget to prioritize self-care. Pursuing an education while parenting is demanding, and taking care of your well-being is crucial. Make sure you utilize resources related to mental health and wellness to support your overall well-being.
Balancing parenthood and higher education is undoubtedly challenging, but it's also highly rewarding. Herzing University provides a range of resources and support systems to help parents succeed in their educational journey. By taking advantage of these resources and implementing effective strategies, you can not only excel in your studies but also set a positive example for your children as they witness your educational achievements.