WCU is committed to supporting students who devote resources to caring for their children or family members and often face additional obstacles to success. The information on this page is designed to help you balance the competing tasks of your life as a student and caregiver by highlighting resources that provide academic support, financial support, and community support. These resources have a specific focus on the West Chester and Philadelphia areas. The information provided will be divided into two sections: (1) Parents and (2) Caregiving to older adults (see navigation buttons below). In the parent section, you will find information regarding child-care centers, federal child-care subsidy programs, scholarship opportunities and additional resources. In the caregiver section, you will find information regarding assisting our elders, assisting others with mental health and addiction, healthcare services, identity-based support services, and resources for caregivers. These resources are available to all members of our community at WCU including faculty and staff.
Lactation Spaces on Campus
West Chester University provides lactation spaces to support chestfeeding for parents who are returning to work, school, or visiting campus. Each room offers a clean, secure, and private space for caregivers who need to express breast milk or nurse while on campus. Individuals should bring any personal supplies needed with them.
A complete list of all spaces on campus can be found on the Center for Women & Gender Equity's Lactation Spaces page.
- Financial Aid: This is the department that can help answer any questions specifically about loans, grants, and additional opportunities for support.
- Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: ODEI provides support and information to ensure students are aware of their rights.
- Off Campus & Commuter Services: Information about living off campus and the surrounding West Chester area.
- Parent & Family Services: The Office of Parent and Family Relations is committed to ensuring that you are informed and engaged and have access to resources necessary to promote student success.
- West Chester University Speech and Hearing Clinic: "The Clinic offers free, full diagnostic evaluations for children and adults suspected of having speech, language, or hearing disorders. Treatment is offered in both individual and group settings and bilingual Spanish-English evaluations and treatment are available."
- Identity-Based Centers on Campus
Identity-Based Community Counseling Resources
- Therapy for Black Girls
- Black Men Heal
- Therapy for Black Men
- Resource List of Therapists in the Community
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Who is a student caregiver?
A student caregiver is any student who assists in the care of children, siblings, parent, grandparent, or any additional relative or elder person. Students who are the primary caretaker of children or family members have additional responsibilities beyond students who are not caregivers. This page attempts to help connect student caregivers to resources that may benefit them during their time in college (and beyond).
Are there any scholarships available for student caregivers at WCU?
Yes! WCU has a few scholarships that student caregivers can benefit from such as the Charlotte W. Newcombe Scholarship for Mature Students, Alice Conway Memorial Scholarship, and Jane Swan Scholarship. A in-depth review of these scholarships (including eligibility criteria is located on both the Center for Women & Gender Equity's Scholarship page and Financial Aid's Scholarship Portal.
What services are available for students who are experiencing grief and loss?
The Counseling Center on campus has several professionals who specialize in grief and loss. Visit the Counseling Center to learn more about the individual counseling sessions available as well as group therapy opportunities.