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Author(s):Engle, J., Bermeo, A., and O’Brien, C.
Title:Straight from the source: What works for first-generation college students
Organization:Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education
Short Description:Based on intensive focus group interviews with first-generation college students who are recent alumni of TRIO’s Talent Search and Upward Bound programs, this report offers a comprehensive look at the struggles of students who are the first in their families to pursue postsecondary education. These include academic, financial, familial, and work issues.
Annotation:Based on intensive focus group interviews with first-generation college students who are recent alumni of TRIO’s Talent Search and Upward Bound programs, this report offers a comprehensive look at the struggles of students who are the first in their families to pursue postsecondary education. These include academic, financial, familial, and work issues. Some of the key findings: First-generation students need to understand why college matters; the message that a college education can benefit the entire family is particularly salient; parents and family members should be involved early in the process; pressures to earn money conflict with the need to spend more time on academic work; and prior exposure to college life and access to college-based support services are extremely important.
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College Access
First Generation College Students
Low-Income Students
Non-traditional Students
Preparation/College Readiness
TRIO Programs

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Race, schools, and neighborhoods: Reducing barriers to achievement
Federal Aid First
Avoidable Losses: High-Stakes Accountability and the Dropout Crisis
School strategies and the "college linking" process: Reconsidering the effects of high schools on college enrollment
Parent expectations and planning for college: Statistical analysis report
The funding gap 2007
The funding gap (Spanish version)
College Board scholarship search
Achievement trap: How America is failing millions of high-achieving students from lower-income families
Improving math performance
The global state of higher education and the rise of private finance
Education watch Alabama: Key education facts and figures 2004
Making pre-kindergarten work for low-income working families
A new majority: Low income students in the South's public schools
Indiana Higher Education Opportunity Data Book
Education watch Washington: Key education facts and figures
Education watch Washington: Key Education Facts and Figures
Return on investment: Educational choices and demographic change in California's future
George Washington University Heath Resource Center: Online clearning house on postsecondary education for individuals with disabilities
Education a Tu Alcance (Spanish Version)
Addressing the needs of adult learners
Policy recommendations for reauthorization of NCLB and HEA
Demography is not destiny: Increasing the graduation rates of low-income college students at large public universities
State of college opportunity in Ohio 2005
Guide for parents: Ten steps to prepare your child for college
Condition of education 2007
Financial aid glossary: Some terms you may enounter on the road
Scholarship guide
Financial aid and scholarship information for undocumented students
The context of "choice" in college pathways
Money on the table: State initiatives to improve financial aid participation
Boosters, brokers, and bridges: Real world ideas for college access programs
Women reap more benefits from higher education, study finds
How do I pay for college?
Federal student aid need analysis: Background and selected simplification issues
Student debt: Bigger and bigger
Over half of low-income children live with a parent who works regularly
Jonathan Kozol interview transcript: Source material for "Segregation and its Calamitous Effects, America's "Apartheid" Schools"
Promising practices: School to career and postsecondary education for foster care youth
The tribal college journal
The effects of merit-based financial aid on course enrollment, withdrawal, and completion in college
Moving on: State policies to address academic brain drain in the South
Early childhood investment yields big payoff
Inside the black box of high-performing high-poverty schools
Costs, prices, and affordability
The unraveling of No Child Left Behind: How negotiated changes unravel the law
Racial transformation and the changing nature of segregation
Going to the source: A practical way to simplify the FAFSA
Measuring up 2006
Tuition discounting: Not just a private college practice
Taxing matters
Reforms that could help narrow the achievement gap
Creating college opportunity for all: Prepared students and affordable colleges
Quality, affordability and access: Americans speak on higher education
Prep for prep
First in the family: Advice about college
Paying for college: The rising cost of higher education
Strategies for success: Six stories of increasing college access
Parent power and urban school reform: The story of Mothers on the Move
NDSFA: The financial aid partnership
Peak experiences
Literature review: Intervention methods and programs for pre-college entry for disadvantaged students
Pathways to improving practice: Data-driven pre-college outreach programs
Pathways to improving practice: How can pre-college outreach programs work with schools
The funding gap 2004: Many states still shortchange low-income and minority students
Add and subtract: Dual enrollment as a state strategy to increase postsecondary success for underrepresented students
How Latino students pay for college: Patterns of financial aid in 2003-04
Add it up: Using research to improve education for low-income and minority students
Poverty and Race Research Action Council
Reaching out to diverse populations: What can schools do to foster family-school connections?
USA Funds
Net price to family for dependent and independent undergraduate students by institutional type/control and parental income quartiles, 2004
College is possible
Questions that matter: Setting the research agenda on access and success in postsecondary education
Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education
Project GRAD
Knowledge is power program
Working their way through college: Student employment and its impact on the college experience
Trends in postsecondary access and interventions needed
The state of college affordability in Indiana
More on affordability: Response to Tom Mortenson
Lumina Foundation focus: Dreams detoured: Rising college costs alter plans and threaten futures
Missed opportunities revisited: New information on students who do not apply for financial aid
ACSFA policy brief: The toolbox and student aid policy
Lumina Foundation focus
Lumina Foundation focus: Barrier busters: Community colleges and their students embrace challenges
Foster care independence act of 1999 and John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program
Disconnected youth: Educational pathways to reconnection
What students pay for college: Changes in net price of college attendance between 1992-93 and 1999-2000
The ABC's of early awareness: A resource guide and toolkit for helping students achieve a higher education
The affordability of university education: A perspective from both sides of the 49th parallel
Crucial choices: How students financial decisions affect their academic success
How families of low- and middle-income undergraduates pay for college: Full-time dependent students in 1999-2000
Work first, study second: Adult undergraduates who combine employment and postsecondary enrollment
The dream deferred: Increasing the college preparedness of at-risk students
Private scholarships count: Access to higher education and the critical role of the private sector
Getting ready to pay for college: What students and their parents know about the cost of college tuition and what they are doing to find out
Preserving access with excellence: Financing for rural community colleges
A guide to establishing community-based college access centers
How curriculum influences college persistence in Indiana and the nation
High school graduation rates by race/ethnicity, limited English proficiency, free and reduced price lunch
Policy for progress: Reaffirming California higher education accessibility, affordability, and accountability into the 21st century
Pathways to a four-year degree: The higher education story of one generation
College affordability: Overlooked long-term trends and recent 50 state patterns