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Friday’s Factoid: What’s holding First-Generation students back from going to college (1 post)

  • nthea | 1 week, 4 days ago:

    There are a number of factors that negatively affect the college-going chances of students whose parents did not complete any education beyond high school, including:

    • Lower levels of academic preparation
    • Lower educational aspirations
    • Less encouragement and support to attend college, particularly from parents
    • Less knowledge about the college application process
    • Fewer resources to pay for college

    In combination, these factors reduce the likelihood that first-generation students will “choose” to go to college at all, as well as limit the types of colleges (i.e. sector, selectivity, and location) that first-generation students consider attending, ultimately affecting their chances of completing a bachelor’s degree.

    First-generation students identified three crucial steps along the pipeline to college where support was most helpful in making a successful transition from high school:

    • Raising aspirations for college including: connecting college to job and career interests; getting informed about college and how to pay for it; perceiving themselves as college material; understanding that college is possible; and being persistent about college
    • Navigating the college admissions process including: starting early; finding out how to pay; getting the family involved; and making connections in the community that can provide support (ie: pre-college programs, GO Centers)
    • Easing the initial transition to college including: being academically prepared for college; acclimating students to the college environment; involving parents in the transition to college; and helping students manage the financial aspects of college

    Overall, first-generation students say it is the relationships and trust they developed with pre-college program staff that allowed them to be receptive to the messages and services that these programs have to offer.

    Visit your counselor to learn more about pre-college programs that may be available in your community or at your school such as College & Career Programs or GO Centers!

    Courtesy of The Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education