Student Parent Resources

Two parents sitting with their small children, smiling.

Raising a family while working on a degree presents unique challenges. If you’re a student parent, the following resources are available to support you.

Student Rights & Benefits

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), 20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq., is a Federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex—including pregnancy and parental status—in educational programs and activities. California law equally prohibits discrimination based on pregnancy and parental status. This means that students who are pregnant and parenting must be given equal access to educational programs and activities.

How is this achieved?


  1. Early registration – Early registration appointments are available starting Spring Semester 2024 for students with dependent children under the age of eighteen. For more details, visit Registration & Enrollment.
  2. Class attendance – Students may not be prevented from attending classes on the basis of pregnancy.
  3. Excused absences – Student absences due to childbirth or illness related to pregnancy must be excused so long as it is justified by medical documentation.
  4. Make up work – Professors must allow students to make up work if deadlines were missed due to childbirth or illness related to pregnancy (so long as it is justified by medical documentation).
  5. Lactation rooms – Parenting students must be given access to lactation rooms on campus for pumping or breastfeeding. 
  6. Accommodations – Pregnant students are allowed to request case specific reasonable accommodations so that they may participate in classes or school related activities provided that the accommodation does not fundamentally alter the nature of the course.

If you're experiencing any challenges in accessing your rights as a student parent, please follow the steps below:

  1. Contact the Title IX Office at (323) 343-3040 or [email protected] so that we can discuss what we can do to support you during this time. The Title IX Office is located on the sixth floor of the Student Services Building, Suite 6381.
  2. Keep notes about your pregnancy-related absences, any instances of possible harassment or discrimination based on pregnancy or parenting status and your interactions with faculty or employees about your pregnancy
  3. Make copies or retain all medical documentation regarding your pregnancy in the event that you would need to submit them to professors, Title IX Office, etc.
  4. Schedule meetings with your academic advisor, financial aid office, registrar’s office to discuss any repercussions that can result from taking a semester off or withdrawing/dropping any classes.

Programs and Resources

Lactation Program (PDF) – Policies and practices for lactation support and accommodations
All Gender Restrooms, Lactation Rooms and Baby Changing Stations (PDF) – Campus map of all gender restrooms and lactation rooms

Please contact the Title IX Coordinator at 323-343-3040 or OEDI.[email protected] to request access to the lactation rooms.

Title IX Office
[email protected]
SSB 6381

[email protected]
SSB 4380

Jessica Vera, Coordinator of Food and Housing Security
SSB 4380

What is CalFresh?

CalFresh, known federally as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, provides monthly benefits to purchase groceries for low-income individuals and families.
The benefit amount a household receives is dependent on household size, income, and monthly expenses. The program issues monthly benefits through an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card that works just like a debit card. Most local grocery stores and farmers markets accept EBT.

Am I Eligible?

To be eligible for CalFresh your household income must be under the limits listed in the following table:

household = a person living alone or a group of people living together who purchase and prepare food together.
Number of People in Household Gross Monthly Income Max CalFresh Allotment*
1 $2,266 $281
2 $3,052 $516
3 $3,840 $740
4 $4,626 $939
5 $5,412 $1,116

Your household must include at least one U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident.
*Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) students are not eligible for this federally funded program.

If you are enrolled at least half-time and between ages 18 - 49, you are considered a student under the CalFresh program and therefore, must meet one of the "student exemptions" below.

Student Exemptions:

  • Work 20+ hours a week
  • Employed at Cal State LA
  • Cal Grant A or B recipient
  • Eligible for Federal Work Study
  • Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $0
  • Enrolled in the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)
  • Participant in Guardian Scholars Program
  • Participating in a Research or Teaching Assistantship
  • CalWORKs Recipient or Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC)
  • Student with a child between 6 -12 years old with no adequate child care
  • Unable to work and registered with the Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD)
  • Enrolled in a CalFresh Local Employment Program that Increases Employability

Anna Bing Arnold Children’s Center

Founded in 1968, the Anna Bing Arnold Children’s Center provides early care and education services for the Cal State L.A. campus community. The Center serves children from infancy through preschool, is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and is licensed by the California Department of Health and Social Services.
2301 Levanda Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90032

Centro de Niños y Padres

Founded in 1974, Centro de Niños y Padres (Center for Young Children and their Families) has forged a proud history of helping families create a brighter future for their children through our early intervention programs. Located in King Hall, the Center is at a nexus point of both cultures and community, which makes their educational legacy so unique and pertinent, as a crossroads of sorts for our children and their families.

Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) — WIC is a nutrition program that provides practical nutrition information for mothers and children, support information about breastfeeding, referrals to health care and other community services, and benefits to buy healthy foods.

California Earned Income Tax Credit (CalEITC) — The CalEITC offers support for low-income, working Californians. Visit the CalEITC page for more information.

Young Child Tax Credit (YCTC) — If you are eligible for the CalEITC, you may also be eligible for the YCTC which provides tax credit to Californians who have a child under 6 years old. Visit the Young Child Tax Credit page for more information.