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"First Generation" is a group of Harvard alumni who are the first members of their families to attend college and who seek to support current first-generation students. As an officially-recognized Shared Interest Group of the Harvard Alumni Association, our mission is to help make Harvard a better place for current first-generation Harvard students. We achieve this through mentoring, advocacy and providing networking opportunities. Thanks to the generosity of the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative, first-generation students make up a substantial portion of today’s undergraduate student body (estimates run as high as 18%). Our goal is to help make Harvard a welcoming place for them.

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Need-blind financial aid and Yale’s new Freshman Scholars Program ease the academic transition to college for low-income students. But how do class differences play out in the social lives of undergraduates at Yale?
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First Generation Challenges

First Generation Alumni featured in Harvard Magazine

First GenerationLUIS UBIÑAS ’85, M.B.A. ’89, grew up in the South Bronx during the 1970s. His father had died young, so Ubiñas and his four siblings lived with their mother, who made money as a seamstress. At that time, the neighborhood resembled bombed-out Dresden: buildings burned amid piles of rubble and garbage. Poverty and drugs were rampant. Most days brought a simple struggle: to get to and from school safely. “You train yourself to be successful in the moment,” Ubiñas reports, “and hope that the accumulation of those successes leads to something good later.”...Click here to read more

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