Important Information for the Single Parent Scholar Program at Wilson College

This program provides single parents who meet the standards for admission to the College with the opportunity to pursue a bachelor’s degree from Wilson College while living on campus with up to two children.

Basic Program Facts

  • Wilson has residential space for a maximum of 26 students in this program. The number of students offered the benefits of the program varies from year-to-year based on the number of available residential spaces.
  • Residential space includes two rooms and a full bathroom. Kitchen and lounge space is shared with the other program participants and children living on the same residence hall floor.
  • The program accommodates no more than two children per parent.
  • Proof of custody of the child/children is mandatory.
  • A child must be at least 20-months of age when the parent moves on campus.
  • A child must be no older than 12 years by the time the parent graduates.
  • Childcare is provided on weekdays during class hours and any evening that the parent is in class. A College endowment subsidizes the cost of childcare. Parents must provide lunch each day for their children.
  • Children eat for free in the Wilson dining hall but the parent pays for their meals based on the academic year charge for a meal program. All SPS students are required to have a College dining plan.
  • Students in this program pay tuition, room, board and fees – the same as any Wilson student.
  • Students apply for financial aid by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Students are admitted to the College and to the SPS Program in both the fall and spring semesters.


Two Step Process

Step #1:  Students interested in this program must first apply for admission to Wilson College.

  • The application for admission is found on the Apply page and filed electronically. There is no application fee.
  • Applicants who have never been matriculated in any college follow the application instructions for first-year/freshman and must submit all of the documents that are required to complete the application process.
  • Applicants with current or previous college experience must follow the application instructions for transfer students.
  • When an applicant submits all of the required documents, an admissions decision is made and the student is notified whether or not they have been admitted to the College.


Step #2:  Admitted applicants are mailed the paperwork that must be completed to apply for the Single-Parent Scholars Program.

  • Necessary documents are sent along with the College acceptance letter. These must be completed and returned to the Admissions Office. Applicants will be contacted for an interview when the completed SPS application is submitted. This includes the Single Parent Scholar application form, appropriate custody documentation and a reference letter.
  • The Single Parent Scholar Program director contacts the applicant and arranges a time for the applicant to come to campus for an interview. Long distance students may arrange for a Skype interview.
  • Following the interview, a decision is made regarding the applicant's entry to the program. The director contacts the student with the decision.
  • A student offered entry to the program accepts the offer and secures her place by paying the same $400 enrollment deposit paid by all other students at Wilson College.