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Alliance for the Low-Income and First-Generation Narrative

Supporting first-generation and low-income (FGLI) students in higher ed.

Our coalition

Who We Serve


First-generation college students: a student whose parents did not complete a 4-year (Bachelor’s) degree within the U.S. We encourage our students to self-identify as first-gen and don’t use a specific definition.

Low-income college students: students who qualify for the Pell Grant or other forms of government assistance. We encourage our students to self-identify as low-income and don’t use a specific income threshold.

Faculty, staff and administrators: professionals and university officials working to support first-generation and low-income college students across the country.

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Our Coalition in Numbers


4

annual national conferences

25+

colleges and universities served

500+

college students, faculty, staff, and administrators in our network

100%

by FGLI, for FGLI

5th Annual National Conference

AL1GN turns 5 this year, with our annual national conference hosted by The College of Wooster! The conference will be virtual for non-Wooster attendees, and Wooster students will follow their administration’s guidelines. To stay updated on conference-specific news, you can sign up here. More details to come from our Wooster Team:

  • Wooster Co-Director Annelisea Brand
  • Wooster Co-Director Savannah Sima

The research

Why FGLI?


Many Americans view higher education as an essential tool for success and social mobility in the U.S., but access to higher education remains limited, especially as costs continue to rise. When they do enroll, first-generation students can’t rely on their parents‘ college experiences to guide them – a valuable resource that helps students navigate college. Low-income students are more likely to struggle with the high cost of college and in response may have to borrow significant loans or work throughout college. Many experience food insecurity and homelessness.

At AL1GN, we believe in the strength and perseverance of FGLI students, even in the face of systemic barriers, high costs, and family responsibilities. We believe that FGLI students have what it takes to not only finish college, but flourish, and leave confident in their ability to thrive. Our conferences present students and staff with the knowledge and tools to return home and enact impactful programming, such as community food pantries, student-led coalitions, and more. Students leave feeling empowered to finish their degree and implement positive change at their home institutions.


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