COLUMBUS, Ohio (Ivanhoe Newswire) — Just under 2 million higher education students in the U.S. are single mothers, and by some estimates, as many as 40% will give up their goals of earning a degree to raise their families.

Sara Sherman, a popular speaker, author and coach who has a large following on her Ask Sara website is no stranger to the topic.

“Behavior, going to college and all the moving parts, and just creating a kick-ass single mom life,” she said.

Thirty years ago, Sherman had her first child while she was in college.

“People asked me are you going to drop out? I was making minimum wage at the time, which was $3.35," she said.

Instead, Sherman continued and earned her master’s, building a six-figure career with a corner office all while raising her three kids alone.

“Your income is it," she said. "And you’ve got to support a family and you can’t do that on the amount of money you can get without a degree."

Sherman volunteers with young, single moms like Camisha Prince.

Prince was surprised when she learned she was expecting, but now she’s preparing to go to phlebotomy school to support her baby.

"For five formulas that I used up in a week, it’s $50. Just for that," she said.

Sherman even wrote a guidebook with tips on getting a degree for single mothers. She uses this example when she works with single moms:

A two-year nursing program at an Ohio Community College near Sherman's home costs $10,000 in total, as compared with for-profit programs that cost twice as much. A new employee will make about $30 an hour no matter where they earned their diploma.

“A for-profit will charge an enormous amount for the same education you can get at a community college,” Sherman said.

Sherman said single mothers should take it one semester at a time. It can be helpful to list all your commitments and deadlines months in advance and believe that you can do it even though it’s not easy.

“In fact, if you are exhausted, you are probably doing it right,” she said.

But doing it for all the right reasons.

Contributor(s) to this news report include: Cyndy McGrath, Executive Producer; Kirk Manson, Videographer and Roque Correa, Editor.