We spoke yesterday about applying to bschool with a partner. What if you already have a family, or have plans to start one? Or what if you’re going to bschool as a single mom? (or dad – but we’ve never actually heard of a father who’s the custodial parent and is doing the MBA thing; it’s surely happened but not very common)
All schools have student clubs for partners and families so that’s the obvious first place to look, if your partner will be coming along for the adventure.
Here’s an exceedingly random collection of resources, quotes, and articles we’ve gathered for you if you’re bringing a family to bschool (with or without a partner).
Kellogg Student Discusses Motherhood
Mari Gottlieb, Kellogg Class of 2016, talks about the challenges of raising her two-year-old son and how she set priorities (note: she had a housekeeper!)
First-Year Enters Wharton Four Months Pregnant
Wharton Student Plans Pregnancy for Second Year
A slightly less crazy plan: Kristina Milyuchikhina, Wharton Class of 2014, had her son during Y2
We hear about male students whose wives have babies while they’re in bschool all the time; those stories are pretty common too. It will obviously be more or less challenging if she’s going to stay at home or if she’ll be headed back to work soon after the new baby arrives. Regardless of which situation you’re looking at, you’ll likely be able to get connected with someone who’s done it at the school that you’re considering.
Perhaps the most modern of all is this:
Chicago Students Support Each Other
The Mothers at Booth student group is exactly what it says on the tin – and we don’t recall hearing of any group like it at another top school. Talk about leaning in!
In addition, here’s some advice from students with families at top schools:
- Harvard students talk about being a parent with key advice to live on campus
- Wharton Partners talk about applying with partners and what to expect if you’re bringing your family to campus
Finally, being married and/or having children may also affect your financial aid package for need-based awards at some schools:
- If married, your income calculation will include your spouse’s income
- A few schools such as Berkeley-Haas are more likely to award scholarship grants to parents; the University of Michigan has a child care subsidy that Ross students with kids may qualify for
This is not a definitive list, it’s just offered as a starting point so that you realize that the rules may be different based on your specific situation. Be sure to ask your school’s financial aid office for the details. As far as we know, Federal loan qualification for U.S. citizens is not affected by marital status.
Doing bschool with a baby or small children is not impossible. Challenging? Yes! But it can be done.
Talk about building project management skills! 😀
UPDATE: One more post in this series went up: Is your target school partner-friendly?