‘I Thought Everyone Else Deserved to Be There and I Didn’t’
Andrew Moe, The Hechinger Report
Access and inclusion do not stop at the front door of the admissions office. This year, more than 20 million students will be enrolled in degree-granting postsecondary institutions in America. While students with funding and family support are likely to feel typical jitters, there’s a whole different level of stress for first-generation and low-income college students.
Some of them won’t show up.
In response, first-generation support offices and centers are popping up on campuses to help this growing population navigate the often-confusing terrain of college. Innovative programs and policies also are getting more admitted first-generation, low-income students to show up to campus.