Navigating College as an Adult

"Returning to college as an adult learner while also balancing work and parenting is challenging, but the resources VCU has to offer for non-traditional students makes a huge difference in my ability to be successful and feel in control of my educational goals."

Emmett Tucker, Class of 2024

Family support is important to your success as a student. Below are some resources that can help you as you transition back to being a student while supporting your family. See additional resources on the VCU HR website.


Finding a safe place for your child to grow and thrive while earning your degree is important. We encourage you to look at these resources as a starting point in finding the best place for your family.

The Virginia Department of Social Services lets you search for licensed daycare centers and licensed in-home child care facilities. You can search for daycare options by name, location, and zip code.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) allows you to check the accreditation of daycare centers.

Summer camps 

School’s out for the summer? You can enroll your child in VCU Summer Youth Programs.

Lactation rooms

VCU has lactation rooms available for students, faculty and staff on MPC and MCV.  Visit the VCU Student Affairs site for a map of lactation room locations and how to gain access.


Adult and non-traditional students can choose to live on or off campus at VCU. If you are interested in on-campus housing, you should reach out directly to Residential Life and Housing. If you need a place to live off campus in Richmond, you can start your research with the VCU Off-Campus Housing website, where you can filter by bedroom, bathroom, amenities and pricing. You can also connect with the Richmond Housing Authority.

VCU Child Development Center

The VCU Child Development Center (CDC) has been awarded a CCAMPIS Project grant, which offers eligible student parents a $1,500 monthly scholarship toward their childcare for children 16 months to Kindergarten based on availability of classrooms. This opportunity is available to all Pell-eligible students; eligibility for graduate students will be based on a FAFSA expected family contribution (EFC) of $6,206 or less. 

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