According to a 2010 report by the U.S. Department of Education, today nearly 50 percent of the college population are first-generation college students – students whose parents never enrolled in postsecondary education.
Roughly 24 percent of these – about 4.5 million students – are both first-generation and low-income. While it is important to recognize the significant overlap between first-generation, low-income, and students of color populations, they are not the same. However, students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds often face similar challenges at universities that reflect middle or upper class norms.
The rise in the number of first-generation students attending college is changing the face of higher education. However, first-generation students enter college with a distinct set of disadvantages, and as such are at a higher risk to drop out, take longer to complete their program, choose careers that they that they are familiar with or end up in employment much below their potential.
Even first-generation students with the exact same academic preparation and performance as their non-first generation peers are still less likely to experience successes in college.
Were you one of the first in your family to graduate from college? Then you are a FG.
Are you going to be the first in your family to graduate from college? Then you will be an FG.