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#FirstGen: Helping First-Generation College Students Succeed

Students first in their family to go to college are more likely to end up facing academic, financial and social challenges than others. It shouldn't have to be that way. On 8/6/14, we co-hosted an online conversation about innovative policies and practices helping improve #firstgen student success.


  1. Why is this so important? Well for starters...
  2. SparkAction led the conversation with some crucial questions around this issue.
  3. United Ways from across the United States shared some of the approaches that can help students so they stay on track to begin college on time and ultimately graduate.
  4. And United Ways are not the only ones prioritizing this issue. There are also programs, policies and supports provided by nonprofits, labor unions, universities, corporations and even the First Lady of the United States.