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Analysis of the 2011-12 National Postsecondary Student Aid Study data by the Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) finds that three in ten single mothers in college attend private, for-profit schools, a larger share than students of any other family type (Figure 1). At for-profit institutions, single mothers account for 26 percent of the student body, yet they are only 11 percent of all undergraduate students. College students who are parents of dependent children are more likely than their counterparts without children to attend for-profit institutions, and single parents are more likely than married parents to attend a for-profit school (Figure 1).