Graduate Parent Support (GPS) was created in the fall of 2009 by the University of Alabama’s Graduate School to help provide support for graduate students who have children. Since it’s creation, the Graduate School has extended the program’s mission to also support undergraduate students at the University of Alabama. The support system for undergraduate students: Undergraduate Parent Support (UPS) works collaboratively with GPS to achieve the mission statement and objectives listed below. We understand that it can be difficult to be both a student and a parent; therefore we are here to be your advocate and help you be successful in your diverse roles.
The American Council on Education named UA’s Graduate Parent Support program as the 2014 recipient of its State Network Leadership Award for the Advancement of Women in Higher Education.“The Graduate Parent Support program at The University of Alabama is a prime example of how an institution can nurture educational excellence and ease the path toward a degree for post-traditional students, in this case graduate students who have children,” said Kim Bobby, director of ACE’s Inclusive Excellence Group. “GPS is working to both nurture educational excellence and to expand the pipeline of potential higher education leaders.”
The goal of the GPS program is to provide an innovative and accessible academic, social, and emotional support system for graduate and undergraduate students who have children. GPS also strives to empower all students who have children by providing services and resources to aid them in achieving their educational goals.
University of Alabama student parents and their families are eligible for participation in:
There are also opportunities for UA faculty, staff, and Tuscaloosa community members to participate in GPS/UPS services and programs.
*If you would like to be added to the GPS/UPS email list, please use our Contact Form and select “Graduate Parent Support Newsletter” as the reason for contacting Graduate School. We would love to send you student parent newsletters and updates about free resources, family-friendly events designed just for you, and vital information to help you balance being a successful student and parent. Please ask to join the list today!