Resources for Students that are Parents


Thank you for visiting the SDSU Student Parent Support website! As a parent and student, you have multiple responsibilities. We aim to provide access and resources for your academic and personal success at SDSU during COVID-19 and beyond. Browse through the different sections to become familiar with the services that are available to you as a student-parent.

If you have any questions, please email any of the following campus partners:

  • Keiara Allen, Economic Crisis Response Team (ECRT) Housing Stability Coordinator,
  • Danny Oliveira, Educational Opportunity Programs and Ethnic Affairs (EOP) HES - MAE Counselor,
  • Elzbeth Islas, Women’s Resource Center (WRC) Director,

Scholarship Opportunity from S.L. Scholarship Foundation!

A San Diego-based, non-profit foundation dedicated to creating better access to higher education for students with dependent children. DEADLINE: June 19, 2021.

Our Mission:

S.L. Scholarship Foundation, founded in 1999, seeks to assist low-income students with dependent children in need of financial aid while they attend a San Diego-based community or four-year college or university.

How does it work?

Scholarships beginning at $2000 per year are awarded to either students already attending college or high school seniors entering college in the current year. Particular attention is given to single parents. Interested students must fill out an application, which is due June 19, 2021.

Who is eligible?

To be considered for a scholarship, you must:

  • Be nearing high school graduation or have graduated from high school or attend college.
  • Have at least one dependent child
  • Have a demonstrated financial need
  • Have a minimum 2.0 grade point average
  • Have applied for admission to or already attend an accredited community or four-year college
  • Have applied for state and federal aid through FAFSA

What kind of expenses are covered?

S.L. Scholarships may be used to pay for a variety of living expenses that occur when a parenting student attends college. Expenses that are covered may include rent, housing, childcare, food, clothing, baby needs, transportation, computers and tutoring. Note that this scholarship does not pay for tuition or books. These expenses are typically funded through state and federal sources, such as Cal, Pell or Promise Grants.

Applying and Required Documentation:

The application is available at and complete instructions are included there. One letter of recommendation and a transcript including Spring 2021 grades are required. The most highly qualified applicants will be invited for an interview before a decision is made.

Annual Continuation

If the student maintains a grade point average above 2.0 and pursues a full load of classes each semester, the scholarship will continue to be offered to the student each year until graduation from their undergraduate, graduate or professional program.


Information on Title IX

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on sex in all educational programs or activities. This includes prohibiting discrimination against pregnant and parenting students. For more information please visit the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, and/or Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Students

  • Breastfeeding Initiative
    California Department of Public Health laws enacted to support a parent’s right to breastfeed their child
  • La Leche League of San Diego and Imperial Counties
    La Leche League International is dedicated to encouraging, supporting, and promoting feeding babies human milk. La Leche League provides personal support, education and encouragement to help families be successful in reaching their goals
  • Milk Junkies
    Breastfeeding and parenting from a transgender perspective
  • San Diego Breastfeeding Center, LLC
    San Diego Breastfeeding Center was created to offer families in San Diego, and throughout the world, a judgment-free resource for qualified information and personalized assistance as they face the challenges of breastfeeding and parenting
  • San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition
    The Coalition presents an annual award to honor San Diego County businesses with breastfeeding-friendly policies and programs for their employees, and established a window-sticker program (“Breastfeeding Welcome Here”) to encourage patronage of breastfeeding-friendly establishments
  • Breastfeeding Outside the Box
    Podcast with the aim to support the nourishing and nurturing of babies in exceptional families - families who historically have not received the help and support they need and deserve
  • California Child Care Resource & Referral Network
    Working to inspire, inform, and advocate for a quality child care system that supports all families in California
  • San Diego County Centralized Eligibility List
    Our local San Diego County CEL is here to support families in need of help paying for child care. In San Diego County, the YMCA Child Care Resource Service administers the CEL
  • YMCA Child Care Resource Service
    During the COVID-19 global pandemic, the YMCA is more determined than ever to lift up our communities by connecting families to supportive resources and services that ensure their well-being
  • YMCA Family Resources
    Provide trusted child care resources offering full-day and partial-day child care for infants through preschoolers, care for children and teens with special needs, and respite care

The State of California has implemented an eviction moratorium which prevents landlords from evicting tenants who cannot pay their rent due to unforeseen financial hardships caused by COVID-19. Tenants will then have up to 90 days to make their rental accounts current, by paying all missed rental payments. For more information, reference the Governor's Eviction Moratorium[BROKEN LINK]

If you have been financially and economically impacted by COVID-19, you may need assistance in advocating to your rental company/person(s) for leniency during this time. The following is a general template for you to use when talking to your rental company about your need to halt, reduce, or postpone regular rental payments until further notice. Please be aware that once your financial situation is no longer impacted by COVID-19, that you will be responsible for paying any outstanding debt in full. Template: Advocacy Letter to Landlord

At this time there is no rent forgiveness in place in the State of California, meaning once the pandemic status has been lifted by the Governor you will have 90 days to pay any rental arrears.

Housing Tips:

  • Talk to your landlord, do not “flee” the unit out of fear that you won’t be able to catch up on your rental arrears.
  • Pay what you can towards your rent!
  • If you have to choose rent/bills or food, please choose purchasing food for you and your family first.
  • If you find yourself without stable housing during this time, reach out to the Economic Crisis Response Team for emergency housing resources.
  • Center for Community Solutions
    Advocacy to end relationship and sexual violence by being a catalyst for caring communities and social justice
  • Hannah’s House
    Hannah’s House protects children and heals families experiencing the trauma of family breakup, divorce and loss
  • Resources During COVID-19[BROKEN LINK]
    List of agencies, provided by the San Diego Domestic Violence Council
  • Women’s Resource Center in Oceanside
    Providing the highest quality supportive services, counseling, shelter and education to North San Diego County women, children and men involved in or threatened by domestic violence or sexual assault
  • YWCA of San Diego County (Becky’s House)
    Dedicated to serving women, men, and children overcoming domestic violence and homelessness. Becky's House encompasses a 24-hour crisis and information hotline, an emergency shelter, and four transitional housing communities
  • Crisis Text Line
    Connect with a crisis counselor with free 24/7 support at your fingertips
  • Family Health Centers
    Dedicated to providing caring, affordable, high-quality health care and supportive services to everyone, with a special commitment to uninsured, low-income and medically underserved persons
  • First 5 San Diego Helpful Links
    Family resources in San Diego for different needs
  • It’s Up to Us
    Campaign designed to empower San Diegans to talk openly about mental illness, recognize symptoms, utilize local resources and seek help
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    Providing 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals
  • Neighborhood House Association
    Current NHA programs range from early childhood development in Head Start to an innovative nutrition program, to health programs like HIV/AIDS case management, mental health services, Adult Day Health Care services, youth services and Senior Services
  • San Diego Center for Children
    Provides educational, foster care and transition age services to children and families struggling with mental, emotional and behavioral disorders
  • Supporting Families During COVID-19
    Ways to support families to balance work, child care and self-care during these difficult times
  • WIC’s Response to COVID-19
    San Diego WIC (registered dietitians, nutritionists, and trained professionals) responding to family during the COVID-19
  • 2-1-1 San Diego
    Source for access to community, health, social, and disaster services. By simply dialing 211 the call is free, confidential and available in more than 200 languages
  • Pandemic EBT[BROKEN LINK]
    As part of COVID-19 response, children eligible for free or reduced school meals will be issued Pandemic EBT benefits. San Diego County is not involved in the issuance of these benefits - this is being handled by the State
  • San Diego Parent Connection
    With more than 3,000 members, the Parent Connection is San Diego’s largest parenting support group
  • The San Diego LGBT Center: Families at the Center
    Program designed to provide resources, education, support and opportunities for community building for LGBTQIA+ families and those considering parenthood

In the interest of individual well-being and community health, all SDSU lactation spaces are currently closed. We still do not have the strongest projections of how COVID-19 may spread in the months ahead, but will share updates as soon as possible.

To gain access to SDSU’s lactation spaces[BROKEN LINK], please complete this online registration form. Your Red ID will be activated within 3-5 business days, granting you access to all lactations rooms on campus.

SDSU and Associated Students are pleased to offer lactation facilities in the Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union, the Love Library, and the Women’s Resource Center. For breastfeeding students and employees who wish to pump breast milk while at work or school, SDSU will provide a location and a reasonable amount of time pursuant to state laws and Title IX. Faculty and staff members should contact their department chair, the Office of Faculty Advancement, or the Office of Employee Relations for more information.

There are currently three lactation spaces available on campus:

  • Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union
    Location: Room 370A inside of the Harvey Goodfriend Lounge
    Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 7:00 am to 8:00 pm and Saturday-Sunday 9:00 am to 8:00 pm
    Phone: 619-594-5278
  • Love Library
    Location: Room 443
    Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 9:00 pm
    Phone: 619-594-3446
  • Women’s Resource Center
    Location: 5121 Campanile Drive (on the corner of Lindo Paseo and Campanile, next to the Pride Center!)
    Hours of Operation: Monday-Thursday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Friday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
    Phone: 619-594-2304

If you have any questions, please email Elzbeth Islas, Women’s Resource Center (WRC) Interim Assistant Director, at [email protected].

  • Aztec Recreation for Kids and Family
    Aztec Recreation provides high quality programs, services and facilities that inspire active, healthy living and enhance the SDSU experience
  • Financial Aid & Scholarships Office
    Provides information and counseling so that you can make informed choices as you and your family plan for meeting the costs associated with attending SDSU
  • SDSU Children's Center
    Providing quality care and education to children, families, students and staff of the SDSU Community

While there are no specific housing units set aside for student-parents on the SDSU campus, there are a multitude of community housing options for student-parents that are available, as well as, affordable housing units within San Diego.

  • City of San Diego Housing Directory[BROKEN LINK]
  • County of San Diego Housing Directory[BROKEN LINK]
  • Most affordable housing in San Diego has a waitlist, ranging from a few months to years. Be mindful that these aren't immediate solutions for housing, they are long term options.
  • For off-campus units close to SDSU, check out:
    • BLVD63
    • Suites on Paseo
    • Paseo Place
    • M @ College

Housing Tips:

  • Be prepared to pay an “application fee”, to run your credit and background (max a landlord can request is $52.46 in California)
  • Have 2-3 months of rent prepared for your move in (depends on your credit)
  • San Diego Housing Market is Impacted! Be prepared to have 5+ people applying for the same unit as you are.
  • Do a viewing! Walk around the neighborhood, research schools around the area, take pictures of the unit, talk to the landlord etc.
  • Keep in mind that it’s 2 “heartbeats” per room, plus 1 “heartbeat” in the living room max. (Ex. 3 person family would need a One Bedroom Unit, 5 person family would need a Two Bedroom unit, 6 person family would need a Three Bedroom unit and so on and so forth)
  • Make sure to have at least 3 months of stable income and proof (some landlords will ask that you make 2 times the rent, but don't be discouraged, still apply!)
  • Try to budget for your rent and household bills to be no more than 30%-50% of your monthly income. It's hard in San Diego, but keep looking until you find something affordable for you.