Our Pro Bono Work on First Generation Students
We believe that a college education can be essential for people to find opportunities and to progress in their lives.
One in three undergraduate college students (34%) are the first in their families to go to college.*
College completion is particularly important for these students to gain skills and credentials to succeed in the workforce. Yet, college graduation rates are low, particularly for students who are both low income and first generation.
Only 11% obtain a college degree within 6 years of enrolling*
* Source: Postsecondary National Policy Institute. “Factsheets: First Generation Students,”
http://pnpi.org/first-generation-students/, 12/1/16, accessed 9/26/18
First generation students face a variety of challenges, both practical and emotional. To create an easy-to-use summary and snapshot of the issues, we reviewed articles and papers from a range of sources and experts.
While many of the issues are complex, we created a report that provides a succinct overview of:
- The challenges first generation students face
- Some specific actions college administrators, faculty members, students and their families can consider to address the obstacles to success, and to help more students complete college and graduate
The challenges and strategies for action are grouped into five major areas:
We are eager to help institutions striving to improve success rates among first generation and low income students.
We are happy to share the detailed report with people in higher ed, and we also provide pro bono consulting to help selected institutions address these challenges.
Please reach out if you would like a copy of our research, or to discuss projects related to first generation or low income student success.