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Background on Low Income & First Generation Students

The Project on Student Debt works to increase public understanding of borrowing as a way to pay for higher education and the implications for our families, economy, and society. Recognizing that loans play a critical role in making college possible, the Project's goal is to identify cost-effective solutions that expand educational opportunity, protect family financial security, and advance economic competitiveness. The Project on Student Debt is an initiative of the Institute for College Access & Success, a nonprofit independent research and policy organization dedicated to making college more available and affordable to people of all backgrounds.

The New Hampshire Higher Education Education Assistance Foundation (NHHEAF) Network Organizations provide great support for NH students who are making plans for college and seeking information and support around planning and financial aid. The goal of I am College Bound is to provide New Hampshire high school students with the inspiration, information and planning support to pursue higher education goals. The site especially encourages low-income students, their parents and their mentors to recognize that New Hampshire campuses and the U.S. Department of Education offer strong financial aid programs which enable eligible individuals to access financial assistance in paying for education beyond high school.

For Poor, Leap to College Often Ends in a Hard Fall is a NY Times article by Jason DeParle posted on 12/22/2012 following the lives of three low-income, first generation women and their paths to college and the challenges that they faced.

"Is UMass Pricing Out Kids Like Joe Drury?"
"As the system's flagship school in Amherst becomes more expensive, more competitive, and acts more like a public Ivy, it's time to ask what happens to the mission of furthering the common good - and who'll get left behind?" An article by Lisa Prevost from The Boston Globe (published 12-11-05).

Bridget Terry Long is the academic dean of the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. An economist by training, "Dr. Long studies the transition from secondary to higher education and beyond. Her work has focused on college access and choice, factors that influence college student outcomes, and the behavior of postsecondary institutions."

The Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education.
"The Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education conducts and disseminates research and policy analysis to encourage policymakers, educators, and the public to improve educational opportunities and outcomes for low-income, first-generation, and disabled college students."

The Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire "conducts research and analysis on the challenges facing families and communities in New Hampshire, Northern New England, and the nation, providing information to policymakers, practitioners, the media and the general public." Find extensive publications, background, and resources on poverty and communities.

UNH Center for Academic Resources & Student Support Services

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