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Resources for First Gen/Low Income/Under-represented College-Bound Students

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What is a first generation college-bound student?   First-generation students are those who are in the first generation of their family to go to college.  There are many resources to support this population of students, and students should self identify with their counselor to learn about the college going assistance available to them.  In addition, below are links to some of the many valuable resources: 

What is an "underrepresented" college-bound student?  “Underrepresented” in higher education refers to racial and ethnic populations that are disproportionately lower in number relative to their number in the general population, and “historically” means that this is a ten year or longer trend at a given school.

Federal Gear Up Program
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GEAR UP provides six- or seven-year grants to states and partnerships to provide services at high-poverty middle and high schools designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. GEAR UP funds also are used to provide college scholarships to low-income students.

An Online Guide fro First-Generation College Students
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I'm First! A Community Supporting 1st -Gen Students
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I'm First! is an online community for first-generation college students and their supporters. Hear inspiring stories and share your own, discover colleges that care about first-gen students, find answers to your questions about college, and receive guidance on the road to and through college.

Colleges with 1st Gen Programs
Chapman University
Undocumented Student Resources
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about QuestBridge
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