Keys to Degrees: Educating Two Generations Together is designed for academically qualified single men and women, ages 18 to 24, at the time they enter the program, who are the parents of one child. Choosing from among the College’s outstanding programs of study, these young parents enjoy the opportunity to complete an undergraduate degree in an environment that supports their needs and those of their children. Program benefits include campus housing and the full array of support services offered by the College.
Once accepted into the program, students live on campus with their children 12 months a year. Year-round, suite-style accommodations with a common living room, bathroom, and kitchen on Endicott’s campus are a highlight of the program. Shared cooking and laundry facilities are available for students and their children.
Students in the program are required to apply for state and local vouchers that are accepted as payment for child care services by providers in the local area. Students who do not qualify for vouchers are responsible for a portion of child care costs. Working with the director of the program, students find placements that are both educationally enriching for the children and adaptable to the schedules of the students.
Workshops on a variety of subjects, counseling sessions, and a mentoring program where single parents share their experiences and successes are available to students. In addition, students in the program benefit from all the services the College has to offer including academic support, career counseling, internship advice, pastoral and personal counseling, and a wide variety of student activities and cultural events.
Eligible students receive aid in the form of outright scholarship assistance and a variety of federal, state, and local grants, and loans. A payment plan is available to make students’ financial contribution to the cost of their education more convenient.
Students interested in the Keys to Degrees program should contact the program director to voice their intent to apply to the program. The director can act as a liaison between the prospective student and the Office of Admission.
Students must apply for admission to the College, adhering to all of the requirements of the admission process as outlined on the College Application for Admission form. Once admitted to Endicott, the student then makes application to the Keys to Degrees program. Space in the program is limited, and admission to the College does not ensure acceptance into the program.