Omaha
11:56 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Omaha college builds dorm just for single moms

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha college hopes a $10 million dorm specifically for single mothers will lead to improved graduation and success rates among its students trying to juggle schoolwork with motherhood.

The Omaha World-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1jXjIaA ) that College of St. Mary has offered single mothers on-campus housing since 2000, but a dedicated residence hall was built for the Mothers Living and Learning program in 2012.

The cost for the specialized dorm is the same as living in the college's other on-campus housing, and the mothers pay the same tuition rates. But their children eat free on their meal plan, and they have a built-in support system of baby sitters and a network of college staffers who consider the moms' success to be their jobs.

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