Around the time she was accepted at several colleges, Nicole Lewis learned that she was also on her way to becoming a mother. Determined to still earn her degree, she persevered, but the journey was not without challenges.
“I didn’t have a circle of friends, or a group of people, who were also raising kids who I could talk to. That could be lonely at times,” Ms. Lewis recalls. “Financially, it was really hard because I had to make tough decisions between buying diapers and buying a book for a specific class.”