Saint Louis University is committed to supporting pregnant and parenting students. Regardless of the student's situation — married or single, individual or multiple children, alone or with support — SLU is here to help. Students for Life of America has ranked SLU among the top 10 schools for pregnant and parenting students.
Saint Louis University recognizes the private nature of a pregnancy and seeks to provide students with confidential and supportive services. Some students choose to utilize on-campus services, while others prefer to access off-campus resources.
Virginia D. Murphy Pregnant and Parenting Student Assistance Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2008 to help SLU's student parents continue their education while raising children. The fund provides resources to help students stay on track toward earning a degree.
To apply for the Virginia D. Murphy Pregnant and Parenting Student Assistance Scholarship at SLU:
- Log in to your MySLU
- Click on the "Tools" Tab
- Click on the "Scholarship Suite" icon
- Complete the general application questions upon entering the site. Remember to hit "Finish" and "Submit."
- Click on "Virginia D. Murphy Pregnant and Parenting Student Assistance Scholarship" and apply.
Students are sent an email each semester when scholarships are open for application in the Scholarship Suite. Scholarships are available for fall and spring semesters only. Please be sure to monitor your application to ensure completion of required items. You will be notified by email if you were selected as a recipient.
Please note: If you encounter any problems or have questions please contact Julie Martin, coordinator of scholarships, at 314-977-4211 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. Pregnant students may continue to live in their residence halls until their babies are born.
Yes. Student health and counseling staff can assist with this process in a confidential manner. Professors will not be informed of the pregnancy unless the student chooses to tell them.
Some students choose to take a leave of absence for a semester with the intention of returning to the University to resume classes. Other students may choose to withdraw and transfer elsewhere. An academic advisor can help explain the implications of a withdrawal or absence on academic standing. Each academic program has different requirements. A counselor or campus minister can assist students in preparing to talk with their academic advisers.
No. Classes are intended only for adult students. Therefore, it will be necessary to arrange for child care.
Possibly. Most insurance providers allow the insured person to add a dependent. Please check with your insurance provider for details.
Our philosophy is "no student should ever have to choose between having a child and receiving an education." The Virginia D. Murphy Endowment was established in 2008 to help SLU's student parents continue their education while raising children. The fund provides resources to help student parents stay on track toward earning a degree. For more information email email@example.com.
Yes. There are designated lactation areas at Busch Student Center, the Student Health Center and many other locations.
Birthright St. Louis
There are four locations throughout Saint Louis including the Central West End, Brentwood, Bridgeton and South County. Walk-ins are welcome for pregnancy tests.
Through the Good Shepherd Children and Family Services agency, Catholic Charities provides prenatal services to expectant parents. Services include referrals for appropriate medical care and housing, and adoption planning (as needed). Counseling addresses decision making, parenting skills, stabilizing living situations, communication skills within the family, relationships, problem-solving skills, and the legal rights and responsibilities of both parents.
Child Care Aware
Missouri childcare referral database
Illinois childcare referral database
Lutheran Family Services
Lutheran Family Services provides services to pregnant women through its Women In Need Growing Stronger program. All services are confidential. If you are interested in services, please call an intake specialist at 314-787-5100 or 1-866-326-LFCS.