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The challenges of being a first-generation college student




A student walks near Royce Hall on the campus of UCLA on April 23, 2012.
A student walks near Royce Hall on the campus of UCLA on April 23, 2012.
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The UC system is making a push this fall to attract students who are the first in their families to go to college.

The #FIRSTGEN program will connect this group of students with faculty members who were also first-generation college students themselves.

About 42 percent of undergraduates at the UC schools are first-generation students.

What are the challenges a first-generation college student faces? Call us at 866 893 5722 if you are the first in your family to attend college to tell us about your experience.

Guests:

Gary Clark, director of undergraduate admission at UCLA

Julie Ajinkya, vice president of applied research at the Institute for Higher Education Policy, a research and policy organization that focuses on post-secondary education; one of her research foci is higher education degree completion for underserved populations