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Many colleges and universities have specific  programs, resources and events for first-generation and limited-income students. These programs can include academic support, mentorship, and career/networking opportunities.

Click on a state to find colleges that provide these types of programs.
There is at least one college in each of the 50 states (plus D.C.).

Click on a state to find colleges that provide these types of programs.
There is at least one college in each of the 50 states (plus D.C.).

Interested in an online college?

Check out these for profit and non profit online colleges to help you narrow down your choices. 

Interested in an online college?

Check out these for profit and non profit online colleges to help you narrow down your choices. 

Choosing the Right College for You

Deciding which college you’ll attend isn’t easy because there are many things to consider: cost, student diversity, graduation rates, starting salary for graduates, and more. So, how do you pick the one that’s best for you?

 

Don’t worry, FGLIstudents.org is here to help. Using our exclusive College Results Score (CRS) makes this decision easier than ever. Plus, it takes into account factors that are of special importance to first-generation and limited-income students.

 

Here’s an example. Let’s say you’ve been accepted to the following two colleges. Which one would you pick and why?

Many students would automatically select College ABC because its cost is much lower. But, that logic only takes into account one of several important factors, and it focuses exclusively on a short-term benefit at the expense of a potential long-term payoff.

 

Don’t forget that college isn’t an expense; it’s an investment. You’re only going to pay tuition for the next 4 years, but you’ll be earning a salary for the next 40 years. So, you should consider College XYZ more than you initially did because its average salary is much higher.

 

You can start to see the problem here. Looking at each metric individually doesn’t work. You need to look at colleges more holistically. In other words, you need a way to combine multiple metrics into one overall score. Until now, you really only had one option: college rankings. We’ve all heard about the problems with rankings. One of the biggest is that they don’t give much weight to issues that are most important to FGLI students.

 

Fortunately, you now have alternative to using traditional college rankings – one that is designed to meet the unique needs of first-generation and limited-income students.

College is an investment not an expense.

College is an investment not an expense.

The FGLIstudents.org College Results Score (CRS)

What is the CRS and how does it work? It’s an easy way to compare colleges by incorporating four commonly-used metrics into one overall score. The higher the score, the better.

 

Here’s an example. Remember Colleges ABC and XYZ from above? You can see how each college fared using the CRS calculation.

According to our CRS, College XYZ is the better choice. Why? Because it incorporates multiple factors, including tuition, salary, graduation rates, and student diversity.

 

Why is this important? Because paying low tuition is great if you’re going to graduate in four years. But, the reality is that most college students don’t. So, you should be just as concerned about graduation rates, and not just the average graduation rate for all students. The graduation rate of FGLI students is more relevant.

You'll only pay tuition for 4 years, but receive a salary for 40

FGLIstudents.org College Results Score (CRS) isn’t perfect, but no one number is, not even a college’s ranking. But, our CRS gives FGLI students a second way to evaluate which college is best for them – a way that is designed especially for their unique needs. Give it a try. You might be surprised at what you find out.

 

For more details see the video below. Good luck!

You'll only pay tuition for 4 years, but receive a salary for 40

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What is a TRIO program?

TRIO programs for undergrads aka Student Support Services (SSS) can be found in all 50 states. Many colleges give their programs additional names such as Aspire, Horizons, and S.C.O.P.E. Students are usually required to apply to these programs and prove they meet eligibility requirements. 

What is a College program?

College programs are, as the name suggests, created by individual colleges. There are far fewer of them than TRIO programs, and they are more likely to be found at private colleges. Unlike TRIO programs, College programs usually welcome any student who identifies as first-gen or limited-income. 

Number of Students Served: TRIO

Most TRIO programs serve a very small percentage of FGLI students on campus. 

Number of Students Served: College

Most College programs are open to all FGLI students on campus. 

Paid for By: TRIO

TRIO programs are paid for by the Federal government via grants to colleges.

Paid for By: College

College programs are paid for by colleges themselves.

Not all FGLI programs are the same.

The two most common types are TRIO and College-Sponsored.

Not sure how to tell if a program is TRIO or College-Sponsored?

Look for the link to the college website (see examples below).

What is a TRIO program?

TRIO programs for undergrads aka Student Support Services (SSS) can be found in all 50 states. Many colleges give their programs additional names such as Aspire, Horizons, and S.C.O.P.E. Students are usually required to apply to these programs and prove they meet eligibility requirements. 

Number of Students Served: TRIO

Most TRIO programs serve a very small percentage of FGLI students on campus. 

Paid for By: TRIO

TRIO programs are paid for by the Federal government via grants to colleges.

What is a College program?

College programs are, as the name suggests, created by individual colleges. There are far fewer of them than TRIO programs, and they are more likely to be found at private colleges. Unlike TRIO programs, College programs usually welcome any student who identifies as first-gen or limited-income. 

Number of Students Served: College

Most College programs are open to all FGLI students on campus. 

Paid for By: College

College programs are paid for by colleges themselves.

Example #1 (TRIO program)

TRIO Program
University of Minnesota (Minneapolis)

10

$ 17,419

18 %

Percentage of students

who are eligible

for a Pell grant

74 %

Average annual cost

for in-state students

after financial aid

Average annual income 

1O years after

starting college

FGLIstudents.org

College Results

Score*

$ 65,087

6-year graduation rate

for students who are

eligible for a Pell grant

10

$ 17,419

18 %

Percentage of students

who are eligible

for a Pell grant

74 %

Average annual cost

for in-state students

after financial aid

Average annual income 

1O years after

starting college

FGLIstudents.org

College Results

Score*

$ 65,087

6-year graduation rate

for students who are

eligible for a Pell grant

Example #2 (College program)

College Program
Rice University (Houston)

12

$ 17,805

17 %

Percentage of students

who are eligible

for a Pell grant

92 %

Average annual cost

for in-state students

after financial aid

Average annual income 

1O years after

starting college

FGLIstudents.org

College Results

Score*

$ 87,254

6-year graduation rate

for students who are

eligible for a Pell grant

10

$ 17,419

18 %

Percentage of students

who are eligible

for a Pell grant

74 %

Average annual cost

for in-state students

after financial aid

Average annual income 

1O years after

starting college

FGLIstudents.org

College Results

Score*

$ 65,087

6-year graduation rate

for students who are

eligible for a Pell grant

College Students

Fun Fact: Some colleges have both, and some have one of these programs plus a student organization (see examples below).

Sad Fact: Some colleges don't have either. All colleges listed on our site have at least one of these programs. 

Example A (TRIO and College program)

College Program
Univ. of California - Davis (Davis)

22

$ 14,920

31 %

Percentage of students

who are eligible

for a Pell grant

87 %

Average annual cost

for in-state students

after financial aid

Average annual income 

1O years after

starting college

FGLIstudents.org

College Results

Score*

$ 74,305

6-year graduation rate

for students who are

eligible for a Pell grant

10

$ 17,419

18 %

Percentage of students

who are eligible

for a Pell grant

74 %

Average annual cost

for in-state students

after financial aid

Average annual income 

1O years after

starting college

FGLIstudents.org

College Results

Score*

$ 65,087

6-year graduation rate

for students who are

eligible for a Pell grant

TRIO Program

Example B (Student organization and one program)

College Program
University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)

12

$ 17,086

18 %

Percentage of students

who are eligible

for a Pell grant

88 %

Average annual cost

for in-state students

after financial aid

Average annual income 

1O years after

starting college

FGLIstudents.org

College Results

Score*

$ 79,580

6-year graduation rate

for students who are

eligible for a Pell grant

12

$ 17,086

18 %

Percentage of students

who are eligible

for a Pell grant

88 %

Average annual cost

for in-state students

after financial aid

Average annual income 

1O years after

starting college

FGLIstudents.org

College Results

Score*