Who We Are
The Alliance for the Low-Income & First-Generation Narrative (AL1GN) is a student-led conference series and coalition dedicated to serving first-generation and low-income (FGLI) students through:
AL1GN began in 2015 as a coalition FGLI students and the staff who support them, growing to now include hundreds of students, staff, faculty, and administrators from dozens of schools and organizations across the United States. AL1GN seeks to provide a forum on which FGLI students can take control of their own diverse narratives while working together with faculty and staff to spark new and revamped programming at their home institutions.
Am I FGLI?
You might be a first-generation (first-gen or FG) student if neither of your parents received a bachelor’s (4-year) degree. However, definitions vary between states, schools, and institutions. We encourage our attendees to self-identify, meaning that you tell us whether you believe you’re a first-generation student based on your understanding of the first-gen identity and your family’s educational attainment. This allows us to be inclusive when cultivating our community of FG and allied students without directly defining its bounds. More about who qualifies as first-gen.
You might be a low-income student if you qualify for the Pell Grant. The Pell Grant is a subsidy provided by the federal government to qualifying low-income students. Other indicators include food insecurity, eligibility for government assistance programs (Medicaid, TANF, SSI, etc), and the inability to afford other basic needs, such as housing or medication. We encourage students to self-identify and do not provide an income threshold for our attendees.