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First-Generation College Students: A Literature Review

Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation / November 2004

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Research indicates that first-generation students are more likely than their continuing-generation counterparts to be less academically prepared for college, have less knowledge on access and financial assistance, and have difficulty in acclimating to college once enrolled. They are more at risk for not completing a degree because they are more likely to delay enrollment after high school, to enroll in postsecondary education parttime, and to work full-time while enrolled. Targeted intervention efforts that reach out to first-generation students both before and during college can help mitigate the differences between first-generation and non firstgeneration students and can help colleges reach their goal of recruiting and retaining all students.